Mike Nickeas has the flu; Mets may call up catcher

Mike Nickeas has come down with flu-like symptoms and is not at the ballpark today, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

According to Rubin, Assistant GM John Ricco said either Vinny Rottino or Lucas May could be put on the taxi squad tomorrow in case Nickeas is still not available.

In 24 games for the Bisons this season, Rottino has hit .315 with one home run and 13 RBI in 92 at-bats. He was expected to catch for the first time this season last night for Triple-A Buffalo, but will play left field tonight. He has caught one game in his major league career but 350 games over ten seasons in the minor leagues.

May has struggled for the Bisons so far this season, hitting just .196 with three home runs and eight RBI in 51 at-bats over 15 games.

In the meantime, Rubin says Mike Baxter will serve as the backup catcher for tonight’s game.

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Meanwhile, Lucas Duda is not in the lineup for the second consecutive night because of flu-like symptoms. He did come up as a pinch hitter last night and went 0-for-1.

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For Michael Baron’s thought’s on either Rottino or May replacing Nickeas, click here.