Mets closer Jeurys Familia, who completed his 15-game suspension for the domestic violence incident he was involved in during the offseason, was activated from the restricted list prior to Thursday night's game against the Phillies.
In addition, C Kevin Plawecki was activated from Triple-A Las Vegas, with RHP Rafael Montero and LHP Sean Gilmartin optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster for Familia and Plawecki.
The Mets also transferred 3B David Wright to the 60-day DL.
The team's starting pitchers have made it into the seventh inning only four times in 15 games, resulting in their bullpen having faced 254 batters, which is third most in the National League.
"They'll settle down when they all start getting into the roles they're accustomed to and hopefully we pitch better," Terry Collins said earlier this week, when asked about his bullpen's recent struggles.
Collins said Sunday that Familia may be eased back into the closer role once he returns. so that his closer can better adjust to the speed of the big-league game.
"He's a huge piece of our team," he explained, according to MLB.com. "This guy was arguably one of the best closers in baseball last year."
In seven appearances filling in for Familia, Addison Reed has four saves, during which he's allowed four earned runs in 9 2/3 innings.
Familia, who is serving a 15-game suspension to start the season, had a league-best 51 saves for the Mets last season, which was also a franchise record.
Last year's bullpen was among the best in the National League. This year's, so far, has been among the worst. Of course, they're playing without Familia, who will hopefully restore order once he returns tonight. Last season, Padres reliever Brad Hand led all of baseball with 82 appearances. The way it stands, the Mets are on pace to have four guys exceed that total. With Jeurys back in the mix, Collins should be able to back off using Fernando Salas, Jerry Blevins and Hansel Robles so much, which should further help them return to how they pitched last season.