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Mets September call-ups we can expect when the rosters expand

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 27: Dilson Herrera #16 of the New York Mets fields a ground ball to force Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds out at first base during the fourth inning at Great American Ball Park on September 27, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. New York defeated Cincinnati 8-1. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 27: Dilson Herrera #16 of the New York Mets fields a ground ball to force Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds out at first base during the fourth inning at Great American Ball Park on September 27, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. New York defeated Cincinnati 8-1. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – MAY 17: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets hits a RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 17, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Call-up Number 2: Outfield – Activate Brandon Nimmo and Keep Rajai Davis

The Mets made the smart move when they DFA’d Aaron Altherr, considering most members of the pitching staff had higher batting averages than his abysmal .083 performance at the plate through 49 games on the active roster.

An equally wise move would be to keep Rajai Davis on their bench as a backup outfielder for the month of September while they await the not-so-certain return of Brandon Nimmo.

In order to understand the severity of Nimmo’s injury, just consider that the Mets have been without their young outfielder since May 21. And despite being sent on a rehab assignment to Triple-A back on August 20, his return to the lineup is no sure thing.

Even Mets Manager Mickey Callaway has expressed the clubs’ caution in rushing Nimmo back after battling a bulging cervical disc that has forced him to miss the majority of the 2019 season.

However, even if Nimmo returns, it is worth keeping Davis as a reserve outfielder, given he’s hitting .287/.334/.410 overall with 8 home runs in 84 games in Syracuse.

Think about this situation:

If Nimmo comes up, swapping his starts with someone like Davis would help ease him back into Major League ball and allow for more consistent offensive production than Juan Lagares might be able to produce off the bench, even though Lagares has been productive to this point.

Before his injury, Nimmo was batting .200 with 3 home runs and 14 RBI through 43 games.  Although we could attribute those less than stellar numbers to his injury, that doesn’t mean we should expect him to return to his A-game should he make it back to the main roster.

Keeping Davis’ right-handed bat would also come in handy if Nimmo’s absence continues. He wouldn’t hurt their playoff hopes as they continue to battle contenders for the second Wild Card spot.

Moreover, having Davis as the Mets fourth or fifth outfielder would add further depth to the Mets lineup and help fill holes in the Mets outfield while resting players that the Mets know they’ll need for the postseason, should they actually finish this incredible run they’ve been on since the All-Star break.

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