The Mets have selected the contract of Rajai Davis, the team announced this afternoon. He is at Citi Field and will be available for tonight’s game—thanks, once again, to Uber. In a corresponding move, the Mets have optioned Walker Lockett back to Triple-A Syracuse. Lockett was recalled two days ago when Robert Gsellman was placed on the injured list, but given the news that Gsellman will be sidelined long-term, the Mets have opted to go with a seven-man bullpen and a deeper bench. To make room on the 40-man roster for Davis, the Mets have designated Brooks Pounders for assignment.
Davis was last with the Mets in late May when he had seven plate appearances over four games. Of course, the most memorable of these plate appearances was his very first one against Sean Doolittle of the Washington Nationals. He had arrived at Citi Field in the third inning after a two-hour Uber ride and was called upon to pinch hit in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Mets down two runs, two men on base, and two outs. He launched a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall for a go-ahead three-run homer on the way to the Mets completing a four-game sweep of the Nationals.
The arc of the season has taken many twists and turns since then, but Davis once again finds himself in the thick of it and hopefully he can recreate some of that magic in his second stint as a Met in 2019.