In between games of their doubleheader against the Phillies this evening at Citi Field, the Mets placed infielder Jonathan Villar on the injured list with a right calf strain and recalled Travis Blankenhorn from Triple-A Syracuse.
Villar has been nothing short of fantastic for the Mets in a utility role that quickly turned into a starting gig as J.D. Davis was and continues to be sidelined by an injury of his own. In 208 plate appearances, Villar has hit .246/.333/.410 with six home runs and a 110 wRC+.
Blankenhorn is a relatively new member of the Mets organization, as he was claimed off waivers from the Mariners by the Mets on June 1. That was the third time this season that he changed teams via waiver claim. And while he initially reported to the major league team, Blankenhorn went just 1-for-7 with a double and a walk before he was optioned to Syracuse in the middle of the month. Since that demotion, however, he had been on a tear, hitting .389/.538/.944 with three home runs, 13 runs batted in, and just three strikeouts in 26 plate appearances.