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Mets Morning News: Mets next two games are postponed following positive COVID tests

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Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Two members of the Mets organization tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. Last night’s game against the Marlins and Friday evening’s game against the Yankees have been postponed as a result of the positive tests.

While the identities of the members of the organization who tested positive remain unknown, they reportedly came from one position player and one coach. We here at Amazin Avenue wish whoever they are a speedy recovery.

The team announced in a statement that they would be flying back home to New York last night despite the positive tests, with additional recommended safety precautions. The members of the organization who tested positive remained behind in Miami, as well as those who were determined to have been in close contact with them.

The Mets flying home following the positive presented a contrast from how the Reds were instructed to handle their positive tests last week. The Reds were informed that they had to isolate at home for three days, and were not allowed to enter the ballpark. This is because contact tracing determined that the Mets’ protocols did not need to be as restrictive, because the members of the organization who tested positive did not have as much contact with teammates as the Reds player who tested positive did.

David Lennon of Newsday discussed what the Mets and their opponents have to deal with following yesterday’s positive COVID-19 tests.

The Mets plan of having Seth Lugo move to the rotation might prove to be “risky business.”

Around the National League East

The Marlins have promoted Sixto Sanchez, their top prospect, as well as Jesus Sanchez, their top outfield prospect, to their major league roster yesterday.

Jose Alvarez of the Phillies was carted off the field during last night’s game against the Blue Jays after being struck with a 105 MPH line drive in the groin.

The Braves have optioned Kyle Wright to their alternate training site yesterday, and activated reliever Chris Martin from the IL.

Around Major League Baseball

Travis Williams, the president of the Pirates, has tested positive for COVID-19. Williams released a statement saying that he is “on the road to recovery.”

Cal Ripken Jr. revealed that he has had prostate cancer. He was diagnosed in February and is now cancer-free.

The Giants promoted their top prospect, catcher Joey Bart to the big leagues yesterday. Bart went 1-4 with a double and a hit by pitch in his debut last night against the Angels.

The Astros placed Alex Bregman on the IL with a hamstring strain.

The Rangers placed Willie Calhoun and Elvis Andrus on the IL with a left hamstring strain and lower back strain respectively.

The Yankees announced yesterday that Zack Britton was placed on the injured list with a hamstring injury. The Yankees injury woes did not stop with Britton. James Paxton went for an MRI after feeling discomfort in his elbow and forearm, and Gleyber Torres left last night’s game early with a “tight left hamstring.”

The Padres became the first team in big league history to hit grand slams in four consecutive games last night after Eric Hosmer hit one in the fifth inning of last night’s game against the Rangers.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos deconstructed the Mets 2006 draft.

Vasilis Drimalitis updated everyone on the postponement of Thursday and Friday’s games.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1977, Tom Seaver returned to Shea Stadium for the first time since being traded to the Reds a few weeks earlier. Seaver allowed just one run in nine innings for the Reds.