As Rubin points out, Carson is likely being called up to take Matt Harvey‘s spot on the roster. As far as Recker and den Dekker? That’s a bit more complicated.
Rubin speculates that there could be a trade or two brewing, which could open up one or more spots on the roster.
With rosters expanding in five days, the idea of a trade or multiple imminent trades makes sense. If no one on the roster was being moved, the Mets could simply wait until September 1st to promote Recker and den Dekker. According to Rubin’s report, both Recker and den Dekker will be in New York in the event the trade or trades of players on the 25-man roster are consummated.
Both Recker and Carson were with the Mets earlier this season, and both struggled before being demoted to AAA Las Vegas. Carson’s demotion was a matter of performance, and Recker was sent down temporarily in order for the Mets to keep Travis d’Arnaud on the roster when John Buck returned from paternity leave.
Matt den Dekker, 26, would be making his big league debut. The lefty hitting center fielder turned heads during spring training with his tremendous defense, but broke his wrist toward the end of March. He’s always been pegged as a September callup, and he likely would’ve been up sooner if not for the wrist injury. In 53 games for AAA Las Vegas, den Dekker hit .302 with a .371 OBP, 6 homers, 38 RBI’s, and 34 runs scored.