Ike Davis Returning, Brandon Lyon DFA’d, Greg Burke Up

By Danny Abriano

After today’s 15 inning loss to Arizona, the Mets designated reliever Brandon Lyon for assignment.

Lyon, 33, was having a mediocre season before completely going into the tank recently.  He gave up six runs in two thirds of an inning on June 30th, and gave up the winning run in this afternoon’s marathon against the Diamondbacks.  Overall, Lyon  had compiled a 4.98 ERA and 1.63 WHIP.

Apr 19, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis (29) touches home after hitting a solo home run against Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (not pictured) during the sixth inning of an MLB game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Lyon made 37 appearances for the Mets this season.  According to Adam Rubin, Burke was set to receive a $100,000 bonus if he reached 40 appearances, and a $100,000 bonus for each fifth appearance after that (45th, 50th, etc.)

To replace Lyon on the roster, the Mets will recall Greg Burke from AAA Las Vegas.  Burke did a solid job after being recalled a few weeks ago, but was a victim of a roster crunch when the Mets needed to add Carlos Torres to the major league squad.

In addition to cutting ties with Lyon, the Mets will be welcoming Ike Davis back to the big leagues tomorrow in Milwaukee.  Davis was demoted to AAA Las Vegas on June 10th along with Robert Carson and Mike Baxter.  The 26 year old Davis hit .293 with seven home runs and 13 RBI’s during his time in AAA.

Josh Satin has been doing a more than adequate job filling in for Davis at first base, but Terry Collins intimated a few days ago that Davis would be a full time player when he returned to the Mets.

It’s unclear who will be removed from the roster to make room for Davis, but Jordany Valdespin and Gonzalez Germen (the Mets are carrying 13 pitchers) seem to be the likeliest candidates.

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