Mets call up Recker, option Plawecki to Triple-A

By Danny Abriano

The New York Mets have optioned Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A Las Vegas and called up Anthony Recker, the club announced after Tuesday’s game.

Recker has hit .123/.254/.228 SLG in 67 plate appearances for the Mets this season.

Plawecki hit .228 with a .283 OBP and .296 SLG in 227 plate appearances (62 games) with the Mets after being called up from Triple-A in April, but had been struggling over the last few weeks while playing sporadically.

The Mets kept Plawecki on the roster when Travis d’Arnaud was activated from the disabled list a few weeks ago, and Terry Collins intimated that part of the reason was so the Mets could ease d’Arnaud back in to a regular role.

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If the Mets are prepared to play d’Arnaud five times a week, this move is something that can be shrugged off.

However, Sandy Alderson said recently that he wants to have the best 25 players — regardless of development — and I don’t think anyone will argue that Recker is a more well-rounded hitter than Plawecki.

In addition to Plawecki being a better offensive player, his defense has been very solid.

Perhaps the Mets simply want Plawecki to be able to play regularly before he is called up again when rosters expand in September. Another potential reason is that Bartolo Colon has struggled with d’Arnaud as his catcher, so Recker might be here to be Colon’s personal catcher and not much else.

One thing Recker can do is hit home runs, so hopefully he’ll crack a few over the fence in the limited playing time he gets.