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Mets’ Tomas Nido clears waivers after DFA, accepts Triple-A assignment

PITTSBURGH — The Mets will have a familiar face in the minor leagues to provide organizational catching depth.

Tomas Nido cleared waivers Friday, the team announced, and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Syracuse. The catcher was designated for assignment Monday, when Omar Narvaez returned from the injured list.

Nido could have refused the outright to become a free agent, but that would have meant giving up the remainder of the two-year contract worth $3.7 million he received from the Mets last offseason. Nido didn’t have minor league options remaining, but as a player with less than five years major league experience was eligible for outright and is off the 40-man roster.

“Selfishly, I’m excited for us,” manager Buck Showalter said before the Mets fell to the Pirates, 14-7, at PNC Park on Friday night. “We get another quality major league catcher and keep him in the organization. I know Tomas was hoping he would get picked up or somebody would trade for him. It doesn’t mean it still can’t happen. A lot of that stuff is timing, but I know what we think of him regardless of what somebody else does.”

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Nido, 29, became expendable with rookie Francisco Alvarez’s emergence as Narvaez was on the IL for two months rehabbing from a strained left calf. The Mets also briefly had veteran catcher Gary Sanchez on the roster during Narvaez’s absence and while Nido was on the IL with dry eye syndrome — a condition he rectified with new contact lenses.

In 22 games for the Mets this season, Nido owned a .125/.153/.125 slash line. The Mets have valued him mostly for his defense and framing skills during his career.

In need of bullpen help a day after they used six relievers in their 13-10 loss to the Braves in 10 innings, the Mets recalled left-hander Zach Muckenhirn from Triple-A Syracuse. He gave up three runs on six hits over 2 ¹/₃ innings Friday. Stephen Nogosek was designated for assignment.

Edwin Uceta underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The reliever likely will be sidelined from game action for the next eight weeks.