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The New York Mets altered their catching depth chart ahead of Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, activating Tomás Nido from the injured list and designating Gary Sánchez for assignment. Arguably the most notable aspect of these transactions is they make certain youngster Francisco Alvarez will stay component of the huge-league roster.

Nido, 29, has been sidelined because early May perhaps for the reason that of vision difficulties associated to dry eye syndrome that he believes created as a complication from his previous LASIK eye surgery. He underwent a process that assists his eyes stay lubricated. “It is sort of alleviated the eye stress that I had,” Nido told reporters final week, like “I felt like I had somebody pushing on my head. I had a headache for like 72 hours straight.”

Nido had appeared in 19 games prior to becoming placed on the shelf, hitting .118/.148/.118 (minus-24 OPS+) with no house runs or added-base knocks. He has by no means been a lot of an offensive threat, but it is fair to consider his vision difficulties impacted his capability to do harm. 

Sánchez, 30, appeared in just 3 games with the Mets. He went 1 for six with a run batted in and zero added-base hits. He joined the organization earlier in May perhaps following becoming released by the San Francisco Giants. It is unclear if he’ll uncover yet another huge-league gig, or if he’ll accept a minor-league assignment. 

Alvarez, 21, has hit .253/.316/.506 (124 OPS+) with six house runs in 95 plate appearances. He entered the season ranked by CBS Sports as the No. three prospect in the minors. Alvarez figures to stay the most-days starter, as veteran Omar Narváez remains unavailable following suffering a calf injury in April.

The Mets will enter Thursday night’s game with a 25-25 record on the season.

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