BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – T.J. Rivera played on the Binghamton Mets from 2014-2015 and this week returned as a member of the Harrisburg Senators.
Rivera played a crucial role in the New York Mets run to the playoffs in 2016. The rookie at the time hit .333 in 33 games before the Mets lost in the wild card game. After a successful 2017 season, Rivera missed all of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
After an unsuccessful rehab attempt, Rivera was released by the Mets earlier this summer. He then played in the Atlantic League with the Long Island Ducks before being signed by the Nationals late last week.
Washington assigned him to Harrisburg and his second series with the team was in Binghamton.
“I never thought I would be back here but it’s funny when I signed with the Nationals the first thing I did was check the schedule to see where they were going to be and it happened to be we were going to be in Binghamton our first series. It’s cool to be back and see some familiar faces. I’ve played with a bunch of these guys or been down to spring training with them so it’s nice to be back in a familiar area,” said Rivera.