Earlier today, the Mets offically announced that they would be placing J.D. Davis on the injured list with a left hand contusion, retroactive to April 7. To take his place on the 26-man roster, the club purchased the contract of infielder José Peraza. In a bit of a surprising move, the team designated pitcher Franklyn Kilome for assignment.
Davis left the club’s second game of the season after being hit by a pitch on his left hand. The club took X-Rays that night, which came back negative. The Mets took X-rays again the next day, which also came back negative, and he was listed as day-to-day. Luis Rojas spoke earlier this morning and said that the Mets were evaluating Davis this morning to check his availability for the game. Davis picked up one hit, one walk, and the hit by pitch in five plate appearances so far this season after slashing .247/.371/.389 with six home runs, a 116 wRC+, and a 0.5 fWAR in 56 games.
Peraza will come up to take his place on the roster. The club picked up Peraza on a minor league deal in November. In spring action for the club, the infielder had three hits in 25 at-bats. He will wear number 18 for the Mets.
The most eye-opening part of the announcement is the club’s announcement that they have chosen to DFA Kilome. The right-hander was acquired in the Asdrubal Cabrera trade prior to the 2018 MLB trade deadline. He missed the entire 2019 season after Tommy John Surgery, and debuted at the major league level for the Mets during the shortened 2020 campaign. In 11.1 innings last year, he allowed 14 earned runs on 14 hits while serving up five home runs. He walked nine and struck out 13, finishing the year with a 11.12 ERA and a 9.28 FIP in four outings.