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Mets call up Dilson Herrera, place Daniel Murphy on disabled list

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In a move that took everyone by surprise, the Mets promoted Dilson Herrera from Double-A Binghamton on Thursday night. The 20-year-old replaces Daniel Murphy, who was officially placed on the disabled list.

Tom Hagerty

The Mets are usually known for their deliberate methods in promoting prospects from one level to the next, but they called up Dilson Herrera from Double-A Binghamton after losing to the Braves this evening. The 20-year-old will replace Daniel Murphy, who will be placed on the disabled list thanks to a strained right calf he suffered on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Just one year and one day after being acquired from the Pirates in the Marlon Byrd and John Buck trade, Herrera will be the first Met to make the jump from Double-A to the major leagues since last year, when Wilfredo Tovar got the call in September. The difference this time around is Herrera has staked his claim as the best offensive prospect in the Mets system.

The 20-year-old finished 3-for-4 and blasted his tenth home run for the B-Mets on Thursday night, raising his average to .340 in 61 games at the Double-A Level.