The Mets have made a few moves official ahead of their Thursday night game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
For starters, closer Jeurys Familia has been activated from the Restricted List after completing his 15-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He will be available and ready to the Mets for his typical closing duties in Thursday night’s game.
To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Mets have moved David Wright to the 60-day disabled list. While he’s made some progress, it’s obvious the captain still needs more time to get back out on the field, so this move makes sense.
As far as the 25-man roster goes, the Mets have optioned relief pitcher Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas to fit Familia. Montero again struggled in his limited time in the big leagues in 2017. His latest outing on Tuesday night against the Phillies was definitely his worst. He allowed four runs in a fateful 10th inning.
Coming east from Vegas for Gilmartin will be catcher Kevin Plawecki. He will serve as a third catcher on the team after Travis d’Arnaud suffered a contusion on his right hand in Wednesday night’s game.
D’Arnaud was scheduled to be off on Thursday any way (with Rene Rivera acting as Noah Syndergaard‘s personal catcher), and according to manager Terry Collins, he’s available to pinch hit, and shouldn’t be looking at a DL stint, thankfully.
Plawecki is also a good call up in this situation because he can also play first base. Regular starter Lucas Duda left Wednesday night’s game with a hyperextended elbow following an awkward play at first. There’s no word on whether Duda will need to go on the disabled list, but it’ll be good to have a backup first baseman here just in case he’s unable to play for a prolonged period of time.