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Mets designate Humphreys for assignment, place Marisnick on injured list, call up Cordell

The Mets’ 40-man roster crunch might cost them a solid young pitcher.

Jordan Humphreys
Jordan Humphreys
Chris McShane

The Mets have designated right-handed pitching prospect Jordan Humphreys for assignment, placed outfielder Jake Marisnick on the injured list with an injury to his left hamstring, and called up outfielder Ryan Cordell. The team has a 40-man roster crunch that has necessitated making space for players called up from its alternate site in Brooklyn, with reliever Tyler Bashlor having been DFA’d just yesterday.

Humphreys didn’t make our list of the Mets’ top 25 prospects coming into the 2020 season back before spring training, but he did get three votes in the 15th through 20th spots out of the four lists that factored into our overall list. Taken in the 18th round of the 2015 amateur draft by the Mets, Humphreys missed all of the 2018 because of Tommy John surgery but returned late in the 2019 season and was impressive in 11.2 innings of work in the Arizona Fall League.

Cordell has a poor track record at the major league level, albeit in just 287 plate appearances. The 28-year-old spent his time in the big leagues with the White Sox, hitting .205/.267/.335 with a 61 OPS+ in total, but it’s worth noting that he looked good in spring training before it was stopped because of the pandemic and reportedly continued to look good in summer camp in July.

As for Marisnick, he missed some time in summer camp because of his hamstring, which makes it pretty unsurprising that he’s hit the injured list.