T.J. Rivera Goes Hitless in First Rehab Game

New York Mets infielder T.J. Rivera made his first step back to the major leagues on Thursday night when he was the designated hitter for the Advanced-A St. Lucie Mets.

Rivera, playing for the first time since last July, went 0-for-4 with two line outs as the No. 3 batter for the St. Lucie Mets.

The 29-year-old Rivera had Tommy John surgery in September and there had been very little reports about his progress up until Thursday.

With a .324/.370/.435 slash line over his seven seasons in the minors, Rivera made his MLB debut with the Mets in 2016. Through 106 major league games (319 at-bats), he’s hitting .304/.335/.445 with eight home runs, 27 runs batted in, and 17 doubles.

Rivera returning could make Wilmer Flores expendable as the July 31 trade deadline gets closer.


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