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Mets activate Javier Báez from injured list

Francisco Lindor is not back yet, but his return should come this week.

MLB: New York Mets at Miami Marlins Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets are getting some reinforcements, as they have activated Javier Báez from the 10-day IL. He is in the lineup and batting third against the Dodgers in today’s series finale finale. To make room on the roster, the team has optioned reliever Geoff Hartlief to Triple-A Syracuse.

Báez exited a game against the Phillies on August 8 with left hip tightness after grounding out. He made one pinch hitting appearance on August 10, but landed on the IL a few days later with back spasms. Today was the day he was eligible to come off the IL, so he missed the minimum amount of required time.

In 37 plate appearances for the Mets since being acquired from the Cubs in a July 30 trade, Báez is hitting .171/.216/.343 with two home runs, a 53 wRC+, and a -0.1 fWAR in 10 games. When he landed on the IL on August 13, the Mets were a half-game back of first place. They have since fallen to seven games back, and stand to fall even further if the Braves hold on to win this afternoon. The Mets have gone 1-8 in that stretch.

There was some speculation that Francisco Lindor could also get activated, but the team is holding off for now, as the club wants to be “extra cautious” with their star shortstop. The team is looking to activate Lindor from the IL early this week. The 27-year-old has not appeared in a game since July 16, when he suffered a straight right oblique in a game against the Pirates.