The Mets have called up Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Las Vegas and have sent down Sean Gilmartin in a move to shore up their bench. The team has been beset by a rash of injuries that have taken out everyone from Lucas Duda to Travis d’Arnaud to Wilmer Flores.
Even Yoenis Cespedes hasn’t been immune to the bug. With David Wright still not ready to play and Jose Reyes looking like the second coming of Mario Mendoza, the Mets have been desperate for bats on the bench.
Enter Matt Reynolds. The infielder has been hitting a very respectable .300 with a .364 OBP at Las Vegas this year, but he has shown almost no power. He’s also regressed in almost every way as a hitter since 2014, when he put up a .333/.385/.479 in 68 games with the 51s. Last year, he hit .225 with a .266 OBP in 89 at-bats when called up by the Mets. Reynolds has played mostly left field and third base for the 51s this season but played shortstop for most of his career in the minors and can also fill in at second base.
Gillmartin pitched just two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and striking out one on April 18, in his only appearance for the Mets this season. He had a very solid 2015 for the Mets but was much less effective last season, compiling a 7.13 ERA in 14 appearances.