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Mets place Neil Walker on paternity list, recall T.J. Rivera

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The second baseman and his wife are expecting their first child.

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For the second time in three years, the Mets are placing their starting second baseman on the paternity list so that he can go home and witness the birth of his child. Back in March of 2014, Daniel Murphy missed Opening Day for the special occasion and was met with criticism for his supposed lack of devotion to baseball. Hopefully Neil Walker will be treated less harshly, as the Mets announced on Monday afternoon that he will leave the team this week to be with his wife Niki as the couple welcomes their first child into the world.

Taking Walker’s place on the major league roster will be T.J. Rivera, who made a nice impression during his cup of coffee with the Mets between August 10 and August 18. During the span, the Bronx native collected 11 hits in 31 at-bats while striking out just three times. However, he was forced back to Triple-A Las Vegas last Friday when Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera returned from the disabled list.

Walker will be the second Mets player this year to become a new father. Back in April, Jacob deGrom joined the club when his son Jaxon was born.