Carlos Gomez is making his return to the Mets.
The outfielder was informed after his Triple-A Syracuse game on Thursday that the Mets were selecting his contract and joined the team in Miami on Friday, batting sixth and playing right field.
Gomez replaces Keon Broxton, who was designated for assignment. GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he believes Gomez gives the Mets a better chance at winning games in the short-term.
Gomez, 33, was signed by the Mets to a minor-league deal in Spring Training and has hit .270/.329/.500 with six home runs and 22 RBI in 35 games with Syracuse.
Manager Mickey Callaway said he has received nothing but positive reports on Gomez from his time in the minors.
"Very good reports. He's been swinging the bat really well, his defense has been outstanding, the leadership, the base-running, top to bottom the reports have been excellent," Callaway said. "That's why he's up here getting a chance to help us win some games."
While Gomez will get a chance to start right away with Michael Conforto on the IL, he said he understands his role and is prepared to do whatever the team asks of him to try and win.
"I don't expect nothing," Gomez said. "For me, the expectations I have is to get this team to the playoffs."
The veteran outfielder came up through the Mets' farm system and played in 58 games his rookie season with the Mets in 2007 but was traded to the Minnesota Twins that offseason as part of the deal that landed the Mets Johan Santana.
Gomez nearly returned to the Mets at the 2015 trade deadline that would have sent Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler to the Milwaukee Brewers but the deal was nixed due to concerns over Gomez's right hip.
The Mets traded for Yoenis Cespedes instead, which helped them win the NL pennant.