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Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Starting at catcher Tuesday
Alvarez (finger) is starting at catcher and batting seventh Tuesday versus Miami.
Alvarez made an early exit from Sunday's series finale at Philadelphia because of a bruised finger on his left hand, but it was never a serious concern. He's gone hitless over his last six games and will try to snap that streak Tuesday against the Marlins and left-hander Braxton Garrett.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Exits after being hit by foul tip
Alvarez (hand) left Sunday's contest versus the Phillies in the bottom of the sixth inning, Tim Healey of Newsday Sports reports.
Alvarez took two foul tips off of his left hand and was forced to leave the game. Omar Narvaez replaced him behind the plate, and more information on Alvarez's status will likely come following Sunday's contest.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Dealing with bruised finger
Mets manager Buck Showalter said after Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Phillies that Alvarez is dealing with a finger contusion after being hit on the left hand by two foul tips, Dan Gelston of the Associated Press reports.
The injury doesn't sound like anything that will result in Alvarez being shut down for the final week of the season, but it could provide further reason to continue to limit the young backstop's workload. Alvarez had already been splitting reps behind the plate with Omar Narvaez throughout September, so Showalter could lean more heavily on Narvaez as the team's No. 1 catcher for the final six contests. After going 0-for-2 prior to his departure Sunday, Alvarez is now hitless in 13 at-bats over his last six games, dropping his season-long batting average to .211.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Remains on bench
Alvarez will sit for the second straight game Saturday against the Phillies.
One would expect a 71-83 team to maximize at-bats for its 21-year-old catcher of the future down the stretch, but it's instead been 31-year-old impending free agent Omar Narvaez to start three of the last four games behind the plate. Perhaps the Mets simply don't want to tax Alvarez's knees too much at the end of a long season. The rookie's .213/.286/.433 season slash line is good for a 97 wRC+, a perfectly acceptable mark for a catcher, but he's managed just a .171/.269/.291 line (60 wRC+) since the start of August, which suggests he could use a break.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Not in lineup Friday
Alvarez is out of the lineup Friday versus the Phillies.
Alvarez has been sharing starts this week with Omar Narvaez, who is behind the plate and batting ninth for the Mets on Friday at Philadelphia. Alvarez went 0-for-3 with an RBI sac fly in Thursday's series-opening loss.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Takes seat Wednesday
Alvarez is not in the lineup Wednesday at Miami.
Omar Narvaez will catch and bat ninth. Alvarez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Mets' loss to the Marlins on Tuesday, but the 21-year-old backstop holds an .818 OPS with two homers, four doubles and nine RBI in 13 games since the calendar flipped to September.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Sitting Monday
Alvarez is out of the lineup for Monday's game in Miami.
Alvarez appears to be receiving a routine day off after he started behind the dish in the final two games of the Mets' weekend series with the Reds while going 3-for-10 with two doubles and three RBI. Omar Narvaez will get the starting nod at catcher Monday.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Day off Friday
Alvarez isn't in the Mets' lineup Friday against Cincinnati, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Alvarez will get a day off Friday despite collecting a hit in each of his last three games -- including a home run Tuesday. Omar Narvaez will start behind the plate and bat ninth while Alvarez sits.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Not in lineup Wednesday
Alvarez is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Omar Narvaez will start at catcher and bat ninth. Alvarez recorded his 23rd home run and second stolen base of the year in the Mets' defeat of the D-backs on Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Flashes skills in Tuesday's win
Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and a stolen base in Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks.
The 21-year-old backstop took Scott McGough deep in the eighth for his 23rd homer of the season, a couple innings after he'd swiped his second bag of the year. Alvarez has looked fatigued down the stretch and is slashing just .164/.303/.291 over his last 20 games, but he remains a key part of the Mets' youth movement heading into 2024.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Back in lineup Tuesday
Alvarez (hand) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
Alvarez sat out Monday's series opener after taking a pitch off his right hand Sunday in Minnesota, but X-rays turned up clean and he's good to go for Tuesday's tilt at Citi Field. The 21-year-old will start at catcher and bat ninth versus the Diamondbacks and right-hander Ryne Nelson.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Not in Monday's lineup
Alvarez (hand) is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Alvarez had to be removed from Sunday's win over the Twins after being hit on the hand by a pitch. X-rays came back negative and he's considered day-to-day, but the young catcher will miss at least one start. Omar Narvaez is behind the dish Monday, though manager Buck Showalter said that while Alvarez is still sore, the 21-year-old could be available in a pinch-hitting capacity, per Laura Albanese of Newsday.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Managing hand issue
Alvarez underwent an X-ray on his hand that came back negative following Sunday's win over the Twins, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Alvarez was removed from Sunday's matchup in the bottom of the seventh inning after going 1-for-1 while also being hit by a pitch. He's dealing with a hand injury but doesn't appear to be dealing with structural damage. The 21-year-old should tentatively be considered day-to-day ahead of Monday's series opener against the Diamondbacks.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Sitting Saturday
Alvarez isn't in the Mets' lineup Saturday against the Twins.
Alvarez will take a seat Saturday after going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Friday's series opener. Omar Narvaez will take over behind the plate and bat ninth.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Takes seat Wednesday
Alvarez is absent from the lineup Wednesday at Washington.
Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a homer, a double, three RBI and three runs scored in the Mets' defeat of the Nationals on Tuesday, but Omar Narvaez will handle the catching duties for New York in Wednesday's series finale.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Leads charge in win
Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a three-run home run, two additional runs scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's 11-5 win over the Nationals.
The rookie catcher kicked the Mets' offensive eruption into high gear in the first inning, crushing a Patrick Corbin fastball deep to left-center field. Alvarez's homer was his 22nd of the season while the steal was his first, but he also committed his 11th fielding error in 105 games. The 21-year-old's bat figures to play anywhere, so it'll be Alvarez's defense that determines whether he sticks behind the plate in the long term.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Not starting Saturday
Alvarez isn't in the Mets' lineup Saturday against Seattle.
Alvarez will get a breather after going 2-for-13 with an RBI across his last five games. Omar Narvaez will take his place behind the dish and bat eighth.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Absent from lineup again
Alvarez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Rangers.
Alvarez has now started just two of the last five games and five of the last 10 contests. The young catcher might be tiring, as he comes into action Wednesday with a .459 OPS in August. Omar Narvaez will handle the catching duties in Wednesday's series finale.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Sitting out series opener
Alvarez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rangers, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Alvarez will sit for the second time in three days while the Mets remain conscious of managing the 22-year-old's catching workload as the season winds down. Omar Narvaez will get another turn behind the plate and could end up working in a roughly even timeshare with Alvarez in the final month of the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Takes seat Saturday
Alvarez isn't in the Mets' lineup Saturday against the Angels.
Alvarez is 0-for-10 with five strikeouts across his last three starts, so he'll take a game off to regroup Saturday. Omar Narvaez will fill in behind the plate and bat seventh.... See More ... See Less
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