3 Mets players who could lose their roster spot when these teammates return from the IL

These three Mets could be a different kind of casualty when their injured teammates return from the IL.
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3) Yohan Ramirez would be off the roster if Drew Smith came back

Soon to happen anyway, the Mets should have Drew Smith back in their bullpen and a roster decision to make. Reed Garrett is their only reliever with options and he isn’t going anywhere. This means goodbye to Yohan Ramirez—we hardly knew ye, again.

The Mets curiously picked up Ramirez for a second time in the most Michael Tonkin-esque of moves. Traded away then claimed again off waivers, this was always meant to be a temporary option.

The purpose of this could be two-fold. One is to save innings from other relievers. The other is to possibly hope Ramirez could pass through waivers and end up stashed in the minor leagues. David Stearns can’t quit him. If there was a situation to arise later on this year, perhaps they’d add him back to the 40-man roster.

Smith should be the first of these Mets players on the IL to come back. His rehab is already underway. While guys like Tylor Megill and David Peterson could conceivably replace Christian Scott or Jose Butto in the rotation, the pair could always get optioned to the minors. Smith would go directly to the MLB roster. To make room, the only choice is to bump out Ramirez again. Nobody else has been as bad for them in relief.