Sean Reid-Foley’s last demotion was through no fault of his own.
With the Mets in need of roster space and Seth Lugo returning from the injured list on May 31, the right-hander was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, caught in a numbers game in part because he had minor-league options remaining.
Reid-Foley was recalled to the Mets on Monday with a chance to stick for a while. To clear roster space, Jacob Barnes was designated for assignment.
The move came a day after Barnes allowed successive homers to Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado in the Mets’ 7-3 loss to the Padres on Sunday. The right-hander Barnes was 1-1 with a 6.27 ERA in 19 appearances for the Mets.
Reid-Foley, who arrived in the offseason trade that sent Steven Matz to the Blue Jays, had pitched to a 1.98 ERA in his six appearances for the team before Monday’s 5-2 win over the Cubs.
Brandon Nimmo took batting practice on the field for the first time since his aborted minor-league rehab assignment in mid-May. It’s possible that Nimmo and Michael Conforto will begin rehab assignments for the Mets by this weekend, according to manager Luis Rojas. Conforto, who is returning from a strained right hamstring, ran the bases during pregame drills for the second time in three days. Nimmo has been dealing with a ligament issue in his left hand that has kept him on the injured list since May 3.
Jeff McNeil is scheduled to resume his minor-league rehab assignment for Single-A Brooklyn on Tuesday. The team had a day off Monday. McNeil, who is returning from a strained left hamstring, took two at-bats and played five innings at second base for the Cyclones on Sunday. It’s possible that McNeil and Albert Almora Jr. (who is rehabbing with Syracuse from a left shoulder contusion) will rejoin the Mets this weekend, according to Rojas.
Billy McKinney returned to the Mets lineup in right field after missing the previous two games with knee soreness. McKinney entered with a .302/.362/.744 slash line in his 13 games since arriving to the team in a May 26 trade with the Brewers. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored.
Former Mets owner Fred Wilpon, who still holds a minority stake in the team, was on the field chatting with Rojas during batting practice.
Rojas on Francisco Lindor, who had three homers in his last 13 games entering play: “He’s beginning to trust his power. He doesn’t need to pull the ball and yank the balls to the gaps. He has that confidence real high right now where he can drive the ball the other way or he can drive the ball to the gaps from either side of the plate.”