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Mets option Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A Las Vegas, recall Anthony Recker

With Travis d'Arnaud back, Anthony Recker will return as the primary backup catcher.

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The Mets optioned catcher Kevin Plawecki back to Triple-A Las Vegas tonight and promoted Anthony Recker in his place.

While starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud was still working his way back from injury, Plawecki stayed with the big league club to split playing time. However, tonight's move signals that manager Terry Collins is comfortable enough with d'Arnaud playing every day. Plawecki will return to Las Vegas to maintain consistent playing time.

Recker, who has served as backup catcher to both Plawecki and d'Arnaud this season, has hit just .123/.254/.228 in 67 plate appearances. Plawecki was doing considerably better (although that's not saying much), hitting .228/.283/.296 in 227 plate appearances. In a much friendlier hitting environment with Las Vegas, Recker hit .253/.352/.571 with eight home runs in 105 plate appearances.

Plawecki will have a chance to play almost daily in Triple-A, which will hopefully give him time to work on his swing; he could still see playing time when rosters expand in September or in the case of another injury.