Mets catcher James McCann will be out for at least six weeks after undergoing Hamate surgery.


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Mets catcher James McCann will undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his left wrist, the team announced Friday afternoon. Along with these announcements, Mets noted that these injuries and procedures typically require a six-week recovery period.

In the short term, the Mets were recalled from the minors with Tomás Nido as starting catcher and Patrick Mazeika as backup.

McCann, 31, is batting .196/.266/.286 (63 OPS+) this season and hasn’t been hitting very well last season. Of course, McCann is an excellent defensive catcher, so that doesn’t mean the Mets get value from him. He controls the running game and gets along well with the pitching team. For example, the Mets pitchers this season have McCann’s 2.67 ERA compared to Nido’s 4.05 ERA.

Pitchers will now have to get used to the different receivers. Because six weeks is almost the end of June.

Minds immediately wander about the promotion potential of top catcher prospect Francisco Alvarez. The 20-year-old has a .214/.321/.427 batting average and is in Double-A, so it’s unlikely the Mets will rush to develop his offense in the name of reinforcing the catcher for weeks with McCann down.

Perhaps the Mets will find a way to trade a solid defensive veteran like the Cubs’ Jan Gomes. Pirates’ Roberto Pérez will also work. Although he is currently on the disabled list with hamstring strain.

The Mets tied the National League best record with 22-11 on Friday, which is good enough for a 6 1/2 game lead in the National League East.



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