One day after Dominic Smith made his outfield debut for Triple-A Las Vegas, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said the added experience "only gives Dom another option to be able to make it back up here and contribute."
Smith played right field for Las Vegas on Saturday night, marking the first time he played the outfield in his professional career.
The decision to shift Smith to the outfield came after Mets OF Juan Lagares was placed on the disabled list with a toe injury and could miss the rest of the season. OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip) also landed on the DL earlier in the week.
"The way he's been moving around, the way he's been working, he's a really good athlete," Callaway said of Smith. "He does a great job of really catching the ball at first base, so we were all just talking about it the other day. With the injuries we've had, it makes some sense for him to go out in right field and get some reps."
The 22-year-old Smith hitting .285 with two homers and 17 RBI in 35 games with Las Vegas this season. He has also appeared in two major league games for the Mets this season.
Smith played 49 games for the Mets last year his first taste of the big leagues. He hit .198 with nine home runs and 26 RBI.