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Mets' Francisco Alvarez to have thumb surgery Thursday, miss six-to-eight weeks

The Mets placed catcher Francisco Alvarez on the 10-day injured list, but the young catcher confirmed on Sunday that he would have surgery and be sidelined much longer than that.

Following the team's 6-4 win over the Dodgers on Saturday, manager Carlos Mendoza revealed that Alvarez has a torn UCL in his thumb and requires surgery.

Alvarez met with reporters on Sunday and confirmed that he would have surgery on Thursday. The timeline that he's been given will see him out of action for six-to-eight weeks, he said.

"My reaction was bad. I was mad with myself … because it feels like really sad news to me," said Alvarez, who confirmed that the injury happened when he fell down between first and second base on Friday.

Alvarez said he knew something was wrong when he couldn't feel his hand when he got to second base. When he got back to the dugout with the training staff, he was unable to close his glove.

Alvarez will have the same surgery that Brett Baty had at the end of last season, saying that it's comforting to have a teammate who has gone through the same thing.

"He told me that I had to be patient," Alvarez said. "... Don’t be frustrated."

The 22-year-old catcher was off to a hot start this season but has cooled at the plate in the last week. Entering Saturday's game, Alvarez was slashing .236/.288/.652 with one home run and eight RBI.

The six-to-eight-week timeline would mean that Alvarez could return in June, but time will tell exactly when he'll be able to suit up.

"We're pretty confident we'll get him back this year," Mendoza said.