The Mets have activated shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list, added relief pitcher Heath Hembree to their roster, and optioned infielder Travis Blankenhorn and relief pitcher Yennsy Díaz to Triple-A Syracuse.
Lindor hit the injured list over a month ago with an oblique strain, having last played in a game for the Mets on July 16. One of the best defensive shortstops in the game, his stats as a hitter had been a bit underwhelming in his first year with the Mets, as he has a .228/.326/.376 line with 11 home runs and a 97 wRC+. But after a brutal start at the plate over the first few weeks of the season, he looked pretty much like his usual self. Lindor hit .264/.361/.465 with a 128 wRC+ from June 1 through the game in which he suffered the oblique injury.
Simply put, the Mets’ best chance of getting back into the mix for a division title is Lindor’s presence. Since he hit the injured list, the Mets have gone just 14-22.
As for Hembree, the Mets claimed him on waivers a few days ago after the Reds designate him for assignment. He has a 6.38 ERA in 42.1 innings this year despite having struck out 14.46 batters per nine.