Mets’ Mark Canha clears COVID-19 protocols

Although the Mets weren’t completely taken out of their COVID-19 scare — bench coach Glenn Sherlock wasn’t cleared Wednesday — they did welcome a key player back from protocols.

Mark Canha, who hadn’t played since April 13 due to a positive test, was given the all-clear just hours before the Mets’ 5-2 loss to the Giants. Canha started in left field and went 1 for 4 with an RBI while batting sixth.

Brandon Nimmo (2 for 4) and Canha tested positive, The Post reported, ahead of the Mets’ series against the Diamondbacks last week. Nimmo was activated on Tuesday.

Canha is fully vaccinated, his wife, Marci, tweeted last week, saying the outfielder was “doing fine.”

He entered the game 8 for 21 (.381) with a .500 on-base percentage.

Mark Canha belts an RBI single in the eighth inning of the Mets’ 5-2 loss to the Giants.
Jason Szenes

The Mets activated right-hander Jake Reed (slant) from the 10-day injured list and went for the reliever at Triple-A Syracuse. They designated infielder Matt Reynolds for assignment. Reynolds had been called up and added to the roster when Canha and Nimmo were added to the COVID injured list.

Taijuan Walker, who competes in the 10-Day IL with right shoulder bursitis since leaving his start early on April 11, pitched three innings and 45 pitches in a spring training game extended to Jupiter, Florida on Wednesday.

Walker will meet the team in Phoenix, where the Mets will fly for a series against the Diamondbacks, which begins Friday. The club will decide when they join the rotation. David Peterson replaced Walker and pitched 4 ¹/₃ scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Luis Guillorme is barely recognizable, having ditched the full, bushy beard that made him easy to find. He hopes his drummers will also become barely recognizable. The Mets infielder started this 0-for-12 series in six games, so he took a razor to his face.

“I said, ‘Screw it,'” Guillorme said. “I’m just going to take it off and start over.”

Early feedback was promising. Guillorme scored a nice sacrifice in the first game of the doubleheader on Tuesday, then hit his first single of the season in game two. He went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts, a walk and a run scored Wednesday.

“It worked,” Guillorme said with a smile.

The old beard didn’t treat him kindly enough, but he won’t stay shaved for long. His cheeks will grow hairy as soon as they grow, even if he continues to punch without a beard.

“I don’t shave anymore,” Guillorme said. “This thing is just going to keep starting over. I start again.

New York Post

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