Ahead of their series opener in San Francisco tonight, the Mets activated outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Gabriel Ynoa to Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets had been playing with an extra pitcher and one player short on the bench for the past few days.
Ruggiano only joined the Mets at the end of July, when Jose Reyes was placed on the disabled list. The 34-year-old right-handed hitter made just six plate appearances for the Mets and went 1-for-6 with one strikeout and no walks. Last year, as he split 125 plate appearances between stints with the Mariners and Rangers, he hit .248/.333/.472 with six home runs. He’s been a much better hitter against left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching both recently and over the course of his career.
As for Ynoa, his pitched three innings over three relief appearances in his first taste of the big leagues. He struck out two, walked one, hit one batter with a pitch, and gave up four runs on four hits.