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Mets Young Catcher Hits IL With Thumb Injury

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LOS ANGELES, CA: Francisco Alvarez has a torn ligament in his thumb and will need to undergo surgery The Mets don't have a timetable yet, but Carlos Mendoza expressed confidence that he will return this season, per the club. Although there is no timetable, Alvarez is “expected” to miss 6-8 weeks. Tomas Nido is the corresponding move.

Nido was in route to Los Angeles because Alvarez was anticipated to need an extended stay on the IL following Friday night's 9–4 Mets victory over the Dodgers. When Alvarez hit an infield ground ball in the top of the second inning, Dodgers catcher Will Smith lofted the ball above first baseman Freddie Freeman's head.

After stabbing on the turn around at first base, Alvarez advanced to second base on the error, but he rested his left hand on the ground to support himself.

Francisco Alvarez has shown great strides into becoming a top catcher in baseball, which comes at no surprise as he was once the top prospect in the game. However, his 2024 season has yet to fully take off and will now need to be put on hold.

Alvarez has slashed .236/.288/.364 with just one home run. Injuries and development have been a barrier for Alvarez in his early career with this coming at the worst time possible. The Mets are currently on a hot streak, going 8-2 in their last ten games and currently on a six game win streak.

The unfortunate news hits hard for the Mets and baseball fans. Francisco Alvarez has all the potential in the world and will now be sidelined once again. After rehabbing from this injury, Alvarez could help the Mets push for a potential postseason spot.

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