Right-handed Yennsy Diaz and Sean Reid Foley were optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, while wide receiver Thomas Nest was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to June 22, due to a contusion to his right wrist. To free up 40 players for Megill and Oswalt, the launchers Joey Lucchesi and Robert Gsellman were transferred from the 10-day casualty list to the 60-day casualty list.
Conforto has been out since May 17 with a hamstring strain. He will return to the roster for the first time in over a month, looking to improve his early season production. Conforto, who hit .261 / .365 / .478 between 2018-20, has started this season a bit slow by his standards. Out of 135 home plate appearances, the left-hander managed a .230 / .356 / .336 line that was only slightly better than the league average, a drop from his high-end production in previous years. . The next few months will be crucial for Conforto, who should reach free agency at the end of the season.
Oswalt becomes the latest addition to a pitching team that has been hit hard by injury. The 27-year-old has appeared for the Mets in every season from 2018 to 2020, working at a composite 6.19 ERA / 4.83 SIERA over 84 1/3 innings. He served as a flexible swing option, starting 13 of his 23 MLB appearances.
New York passed Oswalt on outright waivers in February, and he spent the 2021 season with Syracuse. He’s made six appearances, none of which has eclipsed 3 1/3 innings, working primarily as a multiple innings reliever. Given he hasn’t really been stretched this year, Oswalt seems more likely to serve as a long depth of relief than a true starter, although there is a possibility that he could work as an opener or a tandem starter. Megill, on the other hand, has worked as a more traditional starter in minors and holds a ticket to start tonight’s game against Atlanta.
Gsellman went on IL with lat tension earlier this week, and he never looked particularly likely to come back anytime soon. Managing Director Zack Scott told reporters (dont Tim Britton de l’Athletic) that Gsellman won’t even start a program to launch for at least six weeks. That likely ruled him out until the end of August at the earliest, so there is little reason the Mets not transfer the right to the 60-day IL with the need for 40-player space. Lucchesi, meanwhile, will have Tommy John surgery tomorrow and miss the rest of the year (and most or all of 2022).
Nido has totaled 91 home plate appearances this season, hitting a passable .238 / .297 / .393. A recent MRI scan on his injured wrist did not reveal any structural damage, manager Luis Rojas told reporters (dont Anthony DiComo de MLB.com) this afternoon. Nonetheless, it looks like he will need a few days to recover. Patrick Mazeika is there to save the starter James McCann in the meantime.