The Mets have optioned Eric Campbell to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on their 25-man roster for newly-acquired first baseman James Loney. Campbell has played in 30 games this season, spending most of his time at first base, while also filling in at third base, second base and left field.
Over 74 plate appearances, the 29-year-old hit .159/.270/.222 with only two extra-base hits. He will return to the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, where he has hit .334/.448/.509 over parts of four seasons. Unfortunately for the Mets, those juicy numbers have never translated into big league success, as the lanky right-handed hitter has struggled through his 186 major league games, hitting .221/.310/.312 with seven career home runs over 491 plate appearances.
To make room on their 40-man roster, the Mets have designated pitcher Jeff Walters for assignment. Over parts of seven seasons in the Mets' minor league system, the former seventh-round pick had a 3.90 ERA with 229 strikeouts and 90 walks over 258.2 innings. The right-handed reliever really struggled upon reaching Triple-A, however, putting up a 9.07 ERA with 28 walks and 26 strikeouts over 43.2 innings.
Both of these moves clear the way for Loney to make his Mets debut tonight.