NEW YORK (AP) Looking to spark their stagnant lineup, the New York Mets are making a change at first base.
Slumping veteran Adrian Gonzalez was launched following a 2-Zero victory over the Yankees on Sunday night time, and the Mets will recall Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday after they start a 10-game highway journey in Atlanta.
The 36-year-old Gonzalez, who struck out in all three at-bats Sunday, hit .237 with six dwelling runs and 26 RBIs for the Mets. The five-time All-Star was signed for the most important league minimal through the offseason after combating a nasty again final yr with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Mets additionally introduced they plan to call up utilityman Ty Kelly from Triple-A on Tuesday. Reserve catcher Jose Lobaton will be designated for task.
Smith, who turns 23 this week, was batting .260 with two homers and 25 RBIs at Las Vegas. Drafted 11th general out of highschool in 2013, the touted prospect scuffled within the majors as a rookie final season, hitting .198 with 9 homers, 26 RBIs and a .658 OPS in 49 video games.
He slimmed down over the winter and got here to spring coaching this yr with an opportunity to compete for the beginning job at first base. But he was disciplined early in camp for arriving late sooner or later after which he strained a quad, conserving him out of the lineup for many of the spring.
The Mets additionally might play outfielders Jay Bruce and Jose Bautista at first base. Reserve infielder Wilmer Flores, who usually begins at first towards left-handed pitchers, might come off the disabled checklist through the upcoming highway journey.
Flores has been sidelined since May 28 by a sore decrease again.
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