With Jeurys Familia eligible to return from his suspension and injuries to Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud, the Mets announced a flurry of roster moves today before tonight’s game against the Phillies.
First, the team has activated Familia. With that, room was needed on both the Mets’ 25-man and 40-man roster. To clear space on the 25-man roster, the Mets optioned Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas. And to clear space on the 40-man roster, David Wright was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Montero had a 9.45 ERA in 6.2 innings out of the Mets’ bullpen this year. Wright has resumed baseball activity after being shut down with a shoulder impingement early in spring training.
Travis d’Arnaud was not put on the disabled list after suffering a right wrist contusion Wednesday night and is available tonight. Kevin Plawecki was recalled from Las Vegas, though, and Sean Gilmartin was sent down to clear that roster spot. Gilmartin made just one appearance for the Mets after being called up last week, and he faced only three batters.
Even with Plawecki added, the Mets still have a short bench tonight. Wilmer Flores is also unavailable due to a ligament infection in his knee; he spent Wednesday night in the hospital because of it. And Duda is also unavailable after being sent for tests on the hyper-extended elbow he suffered Wednesday night. With both players out, Jay Bruce is manning first base tonight, and Juan Lagares has become the team’s backup infielder. Lagares originally played shortstop in the minor leagues, but he has not played there since 2009 with the Savannah Sand Gnats.