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Mets to call up T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas

The Bronx native could be ticketed straight for the starting lineup.

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Not long after we found out that the Mets were sending Brandon Nimmo down to Triple-A Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported on who will replace him on the major league roster.

It’s going to be Bronx native T.J. Rivera, a right-handed hitting infielder who has crushed Pacific Coast League pitching all season long. With Las Vegas, Rivera is hitting .347/.389/.512 with 11 home runs, a 12-percent strikeout rate, and a .375 BABIP.

At 27 years old, Rivera isn’t a hot prospect, and on the surface he appears to fill the same role as Matt Reynolds. However, with the way the roster is constructed, Rivera would probably be the first right-handed bat off the bench if the Mets need a pinch-hitter.

He could also see some starts at second base or first base with a left-handed pitcher on the mound since Neil Walker and James Loney are both weaker hitters against lefties. With the Mets facing the southpaw strikeout machine Robbie Ray tonight, Rivera is a strong possibility for the starting lineup.