Mets place Eric Young Jr. on disabled list, recall Matt den Dekker

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The speedy outfielder has a hamstring injury.

The Mets have officially placed outfielder Eric Young Jr. on the disabled list with a right hamstring injury and recalled Matt den Dekker to take his place on the twenty-five man roster. With that, the Mets' roster now includes Juan Lagares, Chris Young, Curtis Granderson, Bobby Abreu, den Dekker, and potentially Eric Campbell as outfield options.

In 165 plate appearances, Young Jr. hit just .220/.315/.305 but was 17-for-18 in stolen base attempts. The metrics have liked his defense in the outfield so far, too, and as a result, he's sitting at 0.5 fWAR on the season. As for his replacement, den Dekker has hit .269/.326/.421 with four home runs for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, which isn't all that impressive in the context of Vegas and the Pacific Coast League in general.

With Abreu and den Dekker on the major league roster, perhaps Cesar Puello will finally get regular playing time for the 51s. After a breakout year with the Double-A Binghamton Mets in 2013, Puello has just 136 plate appearances with Vegas so far this year.

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