Met’s outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Mark Canha are both out of line and probably on their way to the injury list after testing positive for Covid-19, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post (Twitter link). Both players are asymptomatic. Newsdays Tim Healey first reported this morning it tweets that a member of the Mets’ staff had tested positive and that a few players were considered close contacts and undergoing testing.
According to the league’s health and safety protocols from 2022, players who test positive are subject to a 10-day absence from the club, although it is possible to be reinstated in less time if the player has gone 24 or more hours without a fever, received a pair negative PCR tests and received approval from a team doctor and the MLB / MLBPA Joint Committee (a panel of a league-appointed and a union-appointed physician). Asymptomatic players are not subject to regular testing according to the 2022 protocols, but it is possible that Canha (as told reporters last year that he has been vaccinated) and Nimmo was considered to be in close contact with the employee or employees concerned.
With both Nimmo and Canha on the sidelines for at least the next few days, manager Buck Showalter tells reporters that outfielder Nick Plummer and infielder Matt Reynolds is with the team (Twitter link via Puma). Showalter also added that a member of his coaching staff was tested positive (Twitter link via Healey).
Plummer is on the 40-man list, but Reynolds was not previously on the 40-man list. Neither Nimmo nor Canha will count against the 40-man roster while on the Covid-related injury roster, making it easier to add Reynolds to the roster. It has Mets Jeff McNeil starts in the left field, Travis Jankowski in the middle, Robinson Cano at second base and JD Davis at designated hitter today. Dominic Smith‘s left-handed bat is somewhat surprisingly absent in the lineup against the right-handed player Zach Daviesbut Showalter tells reporters that it’s simply because he wanted to get Davis some slaughterhouse in the middle of a long line of predominantly right-handed opponents (Twitter link via Puma).