Nido (undisclosed) has been cleared to resume baseball activities and returned to the Mets' player pool Saturday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports. Nido landed on the injured list in late August for undisclosed reasons, though it appears to be COVID-19 related. He should be ready to go before too long, though Robinson Chirinos has since joined the team, which could mean Nido is no longer needed.
Nido was placed on the injured list Tuesday for an undisclosed reason, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. The team is not specifying which IL Nido is being placed on; reading between the lines, it seems his absence could be COVID-19 related. Pat Mazeika was recalled to take his spot on the active roster.
Nido went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a grand slam in Thursday's 8-2 win over the Nationals. Nido gave the Mets a 3-1 lead with a two-run long ball off Austin Voth in the fourth inning and broke the game open an inning later with a grand slam against Seth Romero. Nido has only played in five games while serving as Wilson Ramos's backup, but with his big day Thursday, the backstop is now slashing a solid .308/.400/.385 on the campaign.
Nido got the start behind the plate Tuesday and hit ninth, going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Wilson Ramos was still in the lineup but at DH, allowing Nido to make only his third start of the season. The 26-year-old has gone 3-for-10 in those starts, but as long as Ramos is healthy, playing time will be scarce for his backup.
Nido has gone 2-for-16 (.125) with a 1:6 BB:K to begin the spring. The 25-year-old came into camp the favorite to win the No. 2 catching job behind Wilson Ramos, and while Nido hasn't done anything to distinguish himself at the plate, his main competition Rene Rivera hasn't made a big impact either. Expect the battle to be won by whichever receiver the pitching staff prefers working with rather than the offensive contribution they can make.
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