The Mets have reinforced their bench after playing way short on Friday night
Prior to Saturday afternoon’s game against the Washington Nationals, the Mets made a couple of roster moves.
After suffering a right hamstring strain in Friday night’s game, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has officially been placed on the disabled list. To take his place on the roster, Travis Taijeron has been called up.
Taijeron has never played in the major leagues, so he’ll more than likely be making his debut sometime this weekend. This season with the Las Vegas 51s, Taijeron is hitting an average of .272, with an on-base percentage of .383 and a slugging percentage of .525. He’s hit 25 home runs in the 125 games he’s playes in Triple-A this year.
Taijeron is not known as a great defensive outfielder, so we’ll see if manager Terry Collins decides to give him a shot to start, or if he mainly uses him off the bench.
The Mets are also activating veteran infielder Jose Reyes off the disabled list. Jose landed on the disabled list last week after an oblique injury forced him out of the starting lineup. Reyes hasn’t really been missed, to be completely honest, but having another bat off the bench will be useful over these last few weeks of the season.
As for the corresponding move, Reyes will be taking Kevin McGowan‘s place on the 25-man roster. The rookie McGowan had half a cup of coffee with the Mets in his first trip up to the majors. He pitched in one game and gave up a run on two hits. He also has hair similar to deGrom and Gsellman, so maybe he’ll be back pitching well in September.