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New York Mets’ September Call Ups Could Be Influenced by Injury

August 29th, 2014 at 12:50 PM
By Mike Phillips

Traditionally, the New York Mets make very few September callups right on September 1st. The Mets prefer to only call up players they absolutely need right now, while leaving the majority of their players with the affiliates until their seasons conclude. This is especially true if the affiliate is in a playoff chase, like the Las Vegas 51's are this season. While that is the plan, injuries may force the Mets' hand.

The Mets are banged up right now, with several players nursing injuries. David Wright has been dealing with a sore shoulder that has cost him time this week, while Daniel Murphy remains out with a calf problem. The bullpen also has been short as both Josh Edgin and Vic Black are dealing with various ailments and have been unavailable for a few days now. As a result of all of these injuries, the Mets may have to dip into their minor league well a little more than they want to on September 1st.

The Mets were likely to call up essential players, like catcher Juan Centeno and relief pitcher Gonzalez Germen right away. The injuries on the infield, however, will likely necessitate the return of Josh Satin right after September 1st. Satin hasn't been back in Queens since he was demoted in favor of Eric Campbell back in June, but Satin has hit well with the 51's, hitting .290 with nine homers and 49 RBI's on the year. Satin can play the infield corners, giving the Mets some flexibility in case Wright and Murphy need some more time off.

The Mets will need to add some more arms to their bullpen as well. Daisuke Matsuzaka just rejoined the bullpen yesterday, but the Mets don't have any other pitchers close to being major league ready besides Rafael Montero. Montero is likely to remain with the 51's through the minor league playoffs, but he is expected to help form a six man rotation after he returns.

The Mets also don't have many other position players to add to their roster either. The only other infielder on the 40 man roster is Wilfredo Tovar, who is toiling at AA Binghamton and didn't look ready to contribute when he was called up last season. Andrew Brown will likely be added as a right handed bat in the outfield, but he will likely wait until the Pacific Coast League playoffs wrap up for Las Vegas. Prospect Cesar Puello hasn't looked the same since returning from a steroid suspension, struggling to hit in a hitter friendly league in Las Vegas.

The Mets do, however, have three open spots on their 40 man roster. The Mets have indicated one spot will go to the recently re-signed Bobby Abreu so he can mentor some of the younger players in September. Another spot could go to John Lannan as a lefty option in the bullpen. The last open spot could come down to another young player. The Mets will need to add Noah Syndergaard to the 40 man roster this winter, so adding him to get a few innings in the majors would make some sense, but the organization is unsure about whether he is ready yet. The other name to watch is shortstop Matt Reynolds, who has torn the cover off the ball this season and could give the Mets a little depth in the middle infield. Reynolds could be a fit on the roster as a utility infielder in the future, so the Mets could call him up to give him some at bats and figure out what they want to do with him next season.

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