The Mets finally got some good news on the injury front Monday, as the team activated three players from the injured list prior to the start of a nine game road game trip. Rejoining the team in Arizona will be Pete Alonso, who hadn’t played since May 18 due to a right wrist strain, Seth Lugo, fresh off a rehab assignment as he recovered from February elbow surgery for bone chips, and—perhaps most remarkably—Kevin Pillar, reactivated only two weeks after suffering multiple facial fractures after taking a pitch to the face.
To make room for the returning players, the Mets made a number of corresponding roster moves. Long reliever Sean Reid-Foley, outfielder Khalil Lee and pinch hitter/walk off-king Patrick Mazeika were all optioned to AAA Syracuse. In addition, the Mets also selected the contract of Mason Williams from AAA, adding him to the major league roster, and announced that both Cameron Maybin and AAA reliever Sam McWilliams were designated for assignment—potentially ending Maybin’s Mets career with a 1-28 mark.
Both Alonso and Williams will be in the starting lineup as the Mets kick off their road trip against the Diamondbacks. Alonso at his familiar spot at first base, batting third, with Williams in center field batting eighth. The moves bring the Mets down to 13 players remaining on the IL—still a high total, but no longer a league leading figure.