Neither player was with the team in their opening game at Citi Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Mets manager Buck Showalter, without specifying the coach, confirmed that a member of his team had tested positive for the coronavirus and was absent on Friday.
The team did not say whether Nemo’s test results were positive. Showalter did not say whether any of the players have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but he acknowledged that the rules for returning to the roster under baseball’s new labor agreement differ for players who have been vaccinated versus those who have not.
“The test result came back negative,” Showalter said. “But we don’t need me.”
Canha missed his first opening match with the Mets after signing a $26.5 million two-year contract as a free agent in November. He hit 0.381 (8 for 21) with a four-walk in the 5-2 New York run to start the season.
Nemo, who has played in back-to-back games, may have missed his last opener at home to the Mets – he could become a free agent next season. The sharp-eyed hitter was 8 for 24 (.333) with six runs and four walks on the road trip to Washington and Philadelphia.
“It’s part of life in the 1920s, not to mention baseball,” Showalter said. “We all depend on each other to do the right thing.”
To replace them on the active roster, the Mets have called up defensive tackle Nick Plummer of Triple-A Syracuse and pick Matt Reynolds of Syracuse.
“That’s why you’re preparing for this stuff,” Showalter said. “I got another couple standing by in case we needed it.”
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