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Mets demoted Tyler Pill, Matt Reynolds, T.J. Rivera to make room for Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Yoenis Cespedes

Lots of roster movement this weekend

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This weekend, the Mets welcomed Yoenis Cespedes, Steven Matz, and Seth Lugo back to the major league roster after lengthy stints on the disabled list. However, that also meant that the team had to say goodbye to a trio of players to make room on the active roster for their returning trio.

After Friday night’s loss to the Braves, the team demoted infielder Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear a roster spot for Steven Matz, who was starting the second game of Saturday’s double header. Reynolds, who was called up on April 26, appeared in 20 games this season, collecting four hits and one home run over 26 plate appearances.

Due to the rules regarding rosters for doubleheaders, the Mets were able to add Cespedes as the 26th man prior to Saturday’s games against the Braves. After the games, the team sent T.J. Rivera down to allow Cespedes to take his spot on the roster. Rivera was having another fine season as a utility player and capped off his last game in the majors (for now) with a two-run home run on Saturday night.

Finally, to make room on for Sunday’s starter Lugo, the Mets sent Tyler Pill down after the doubleheader as well. Pill, who pitched the ninth inning in the nightcap, made four appearances for the team this season, including two spot starts. One of those starts went quite well, the other not so much.

With Lugo’s removal from the disabled list, the 40-man roster was, well, a 41-man roster, so a corresponding move had to be made, which saw Sean Gilmartin designated for assignment and promptly snatched up by the Cardinals.