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Mets activate Billy McKinney, place Johneshwy Fargas on injured list

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The Mets’ newest outfielder has joined the team.

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The Mets have activated left-handed outfielder Billy McKinney, for whom they traded yesterday, and placed fellow outfielder Johneshwy Fargas on the 10-day injured list with a left AC joint sprain, retroactive to Tuesday. Fargas suffered the injury as he crashed into the center field wall at Citi Field while trying to make a catch.

McKinney will make his Mets debut as the team’s right fielder, and he’s batting fourth in the injury-depleted lineup as the Mets face right-handed pitcher Germán Márquez. On the season, McKinney is hitting .207/.260/.359 with three home runs and a 66 wRC+. And in his major league career, he’s hit for a bit more power against right-handed pitchers despite not having significant platoon splits overall.

After impressing in the initial version of spring training last year, Fargas finally got a shot with the Mets in the big leagues this year as their injuries piled up. He flashed the leather in center field, and in 22 plate appearances, he’s hit .286/.286/.524 with a 120 wRC+.