New York Mets catcher James McCann will undergo surgery to repair a fractured hamate bone in his left hand/wrist, and is expected to miss approximately six weeks.
McCann was held out of Thursday’s lineup due to what manager Buck Showalter called a “sore wrist,” and underwent an X-ray Friday morning that revealed the fracture. He has been placed on the 10-day injured list, and Patrick Mazeika has been called up from Triple-A Syracuse.
"I think just to be on the safe side and make sure we knew what we were dealing with -- it was just a precautionary thing and it’s happened before. Something showed up and I think you reach a point where you don’t see as much improvement postgame," Showalter said Friday. "I think they decided to get a picture today this morning so we had time to get Mazeika here. So, it’s kind of sad because he was starting to swing the bat, but it’s an opportunity for Mazeika now."
McCann has slashed .196/.266/.551 with one home run and six RBI this season, his second on the four-year, $40.6 million deal he signed prior to last season.
The 31-year-old had been improving of late, going 4-for-14 in five full games in May after hitting just .167 in April, but his early struggles this year come on the heels of a .232/.294/.349 slash line with 10 homers and 46 RBI last season – a far cry from the .289 he hit in the shortened 2020, or the .273/.328/.460 slash line he authored (along with 18 homers and 60 RBI) in his breakout 2019 in Chicago.
Tomas Nido, who is hitting just .204 this season, will take over as the nominal starter, but Mazeika will get his share of time, Showalter said, as most of the team is familiar with after 37 games in the bigs last season.
"I think because of his background and knowing the pitchers for the most part, with the day game after the night game tomorrow I’m thinking about him playing tomorrow," Showalter said. "That’s why we gave him a lot of time in the spring so that we were equipped for things like this. We’ll get him in there and see what kind of load he can carry for us."
Mazeika was the only other catcher on the 40-man roster, and any thoughts about a quick promotion for No. 1 organizational prospect Francisco Alvarez are tempered, as he is hitting just .214 with 29 strikeouts in 89 at-bats at Double-A Binghamton – his first taste of that level after combining to slash .272/.388/.554 with 24 homers last year across two levels of A-ball.
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