The Mets released Rivera (elbow) on Saturday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Rivera has endured a painfully slow recovery from September 2017 Tommy John surgery, a procedure that limited him to a handful of rehab games last season. The 30-year-old had yet to appear in any Grapefruit League games this spring while his baseball activities remained restricted, prompting the Mets to cut ties altogether rather than waiting on him any longer. Once Rivera is finally healthy again, he'll likely have to settle for a minor-league deal on the open market.
Rivera (elbow) was seen taking part in fielding drills at second base Thursday, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports. While Rivera isn't shut down from baseball activities, the utility man remains without a clear timeline to enter the Mets' Grapefruit League lineup as he continues his slow recovery from Tommy John surgery. After playing all of six games in 2018 and having yet to make his spring debut, Rivera looks likely to open the upcoming campaign on the Mets' injured list.
Rivera is still feeling discomfort in his surgically repaired right elbow and isn't close to getting into a spring training game, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Reports from the previous week suggested that Rivera was nearly cleared, but progress has apparently slowed. The 30-year-old appeared in just six minor-league games last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Rivera (elbow) hit, ran and threw without issue Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports. Rivera missed the entirety of the 2018 season after suffering some setbacks in his recovery program following Tommy John surgery in September of 2017. However, it seems like he's past those issues and really ramping up his activity. Ehalt commented that there are a few checkmarks to cross off before Rivera is fully cleared for action, but the aforementioned progress suggests Rivera will have no issue being ready for Opening Day. He is competing for a reserve utility spot this spring.
Rivera (elbow) won't return to action this season, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Rivera was yet to resume a minor-league stint after having a setback at High-A St. Lucie. Manager Mickey Callaway has officially ruled Rivera out of the rest of the year, so he'll shift his focus to getting healthy in time for spring training. Rivera last played in 2017, slashing .290/.330/.430 with five homers and 27 RBI through 73 games.