The 66-38 New York Mets are trending up.
They have won eight of their last 10 games, they have managed to maintain a 3.5-game advantage over the Atlanta Braves at the top of the NL East standings, and they are recovering injured soldiers for the battle that will be the final two months of the season.
Yes: Jacob deGrom, their ace and on-field leader, is now back after a long absence related to injury.
Now, they are about to get their starting catcher back.
C James McCann has been reinstated from the 10-Day IL.
C Patrick Mazeika has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 4, 2022
McCann last played on July 9, nearly a month ago, when he suffered a left oblique strain.
A similar injury took star pitcher Max Scherzer out of action for a few weeks earlier in the season, in May.
The Mets Are Counting On McCann
The 32-year-old McCann wasn’t having his best season.
At the time of hitting the IL, he was hitting just .183/.250/.293 with two homers and 11 RBI in 92 plate appearances.
The Mets could really use the 2020 version of McCann, the one who hit .289/.360/.536 with seven home runs in 31 games.
That performance came with the Chicago White Sox, and caught the Mets’ attention a few months later, in free agency.
That’s why they gave him a four-year, $40.6 million contract before the 2021 season.
He wasn’t particularly good last year, too, as he hit .232/.294/.349 in 412 plate appearances.
If he can show a league-average bat and help behind the plate, the Mets will probably be happy.
Given his salary, they sure hope he can help get the team over the hump and clinch a postseason berth eventually.