The Mets are activating Todd Frazier before Monday night's game against the Phillies at Citi Field, and his return will have an impact on Jeff McNeil -- but fans can breathe a sigh of relief about the kind of impact it will have.
"I envision him playing third -- playing it quite a bit and kind of going from there," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Monday afternoon about Frazier. "It will be something that we'll have to be diligent about."
While Frazier is going to play third "quite a bit," Callaway said the player that will impact the most is J.D. Davis, who has been splitting time there with McNeil. As far as McNeil, most of his playing time will likely come in left field.
Asked point blank if McNeil is viewed as an everyday player right now, Callaway was succinct.
"Yeah, he's pretty good," Callaway said with a chuckle.
McNeil has been on fire to start the season, hitting .371/.443/.471 in 20 games while splitting time between third base and left field -- picking up right where he left off in 2018 when he burst onto the scene as a 26-year-old rookie.
The Mets simply can't take McNeil out of the lineup at this point, and Callaway was clear about that on Monday. While that's bad news for Davis, it's the right play for the Mets. But the truly tough decision will come when Jed Lowrie returns from the IL.
Lowrie, who has missed the entire season so far due to a knee injury, was expected to be the regular third baseman this season. With Pete Alonso entrenched at first base and going nowhere, Lowrie taking over at third base when he returns will basically make Frazier a bench piece.
But that's a question for another day. As far as McNeil, that question has been answered.