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Mets option Dominic Smith to Triple-A

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Bruce to rejoin team on Tuesday against Jays.

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After only three days with the Mets, Dominic Smith is being optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. He leaves the team following Sunday’s loss against Philadelphia to make room for Jay Bruce, who’s coming off the paternity list prior to the Mets’ next game against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

During this brief stint in the big leagues, Smith did not start a game and only got up to the plate once as a pinch hitter, but he was erased when Jose Reyes was picked off. Last year, during his 49 games with the Mets, Smith fared poorly, hitting .198/.262/.395, but his stats at Vegas this year have been strong, with a .278/.390/.417 line through 31 games.

Smith remains an option for future bench strength for the Mets, but may soon be passed on the depth charts by 23-year-old Peter Alonso, who is hitting .355 with a .653 slugging percentage at Double-A Binghamton. That leaves in question the immediate future of Smith who will also turn 23 on June 15.