Mets activate All-Star OF-INF Jeff McNeil from injured list

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Mets activate All-Star OF-INF Jeff McNeil from injured list
New York Mets outfielders Jeff McNeil, left, Michael Conforto, center, and Aaron Altherr celebrate after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — National League batting leader Jeff McNeil has been reinstated from the injured list by the New York Mets.

The team also placed backup catcher Tomás Nido on the seven-day injured list with a concussion and selected the contract of veteran catcher René Rivera from Triple-A Syracuse. Reserve outfielder Aaron Altherr was designated for assignment.

McNeil missed 10 days with a strained left hamstring and returned on the first day he was eligible to come off the IL. He was available off the bench Saturday night against the first-place Atlanta Braves.

New York began the day two games out of a playoff spot.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway says McNeil will be back in the starting lineup Sunday afternoon, probably at second base.

McNeil, who made the All-Star team this year in his first full major league season, was batting an NL-best .332 with 15 homers, 55 RBIs and a sparkling .929 OPS in 105 games.

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