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Mets call up Matt den Dekker and Jacob Rhame, option Kevin Kaczmarski and Drew Gagnon to Triple-A

Matt den Dekker is starting in center field tonight

The Mets have recalled Jacob Rhame and purchased the contract of outfielder Matt den Dekker and optioned Kevin Kaczmarski and Drew Gagnon to Triple-A.

This marks den Dekker’s second stint with the Mets after he amassed 210 at-bats combined during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He hit .238 with one home run and 13 RBI as a Met before being traded to the Washington Nationals before the start of the 2015 season for reliever Jerry Blevins. He’s played for the Nationals and Detroit Tigers over the past three years. He eventually signed a minor league deal with the Mets in February. In 63 games with the Las Vegas 51s this year, den Dekker has hit .286/.336/.524 with 11 home runs. He is in the Mets’ lineup as the team’s center fielder for tonight’s game.

Rhame returns after serving as the 26th man in Monday’s doubleheader, where he pitched in the nightcap and retired the only batter he faced. On the season, he’s tossed 13-and-two-thirds innings and allowed 10 earned runs on 16 hits while striking out nine batters.

Gagnon heads back to Triple-A after making his major league debut and starting last night’s game. He lasted four-and-two-thirds innings and allowed six earned runs on seven hits while striking out three.

Kaczmarski joined the Mets on June 22 but received very little playing time in the three weeks since his promotion. He ended up with five plate appearances and did not record a hit while drawing one walk. He started in right field on Monday night and went hitless before being replaced by Jose Bautista. He returns to Las Vegas, where he was hitting .363 in 80 at-bats after making the jump from St. Lucie.