Mets to activate Dilson Herrera before Thursday’s game

By Ryan Punzalan

Dilson Herrera is en route to New York and will be activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Thursday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants.

Herrera suffered a broken right middle finger during fielding practice on May 15 and was quickly placed on the disabled list the following day. Prior to the injury, Herrera was hitting .235 with one home run, three RBI, and one double.

In his five rehab appearances in both Single-A and Triple-A, Herrera showed no ill effects from his ailment, going 8-for-20 with two RBI and three doubles.

With his return, the Mets will likely play Herrera every day at second base, while shifting Ruben Tejada to third to take the place of the struggling Eric Campbell.

A corresponding move has yet to be announced, but it will most likely be optioning Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A. However, if Plawecki is still not over the dizziness that has been impacting him lately, the Mets will instead have to place him on the major league disabled list.

Once Plawecki is able to play, he’ll be able to do so every day with Las Vegas — something he wouldn’t have been able to do in the majors now that d’Arnaud has returned.

Thoughts from Danny Abriano:

It was odd when the Mets announced on Tuesday night that Travis d’Arnaud was returning from Triple-A but didn’t promote Herrera along with him.

Adam Rubin suggested yesterday that the Mets might have been waiting for a clean bill of health on Plawecki before promoting Herrera, and Terry Collins said on Wednesday night that the team would continue to play with no backup infielder until Herrera returns.

Perhaps Plawecki got a clean bill of health, or perhaps the Mets realized how ridiculous it is to operate without a backup infielder. Either way, Herrera is here now and that’s all that matters.

As Ryan noted, Herrera should be inserted into the lineup at second base, with Ruben Tejada shifting over to third base and Eric Campbell on the bench.