The Mets are getting some help back in their lineup, but not in the form of Robinson Cano.
Instead it is Jeff McNeil who was activated off the 10-day IL before Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants.
McNeil was penciled in at second base and batting leadoff for the Mets as they face Madison Bumgarner at Citi Field.
The left-handed hitter had been sidelined for two weeks due to hamstring tightness and joined the injured list the same time as Cano, who is out with a quad injury.
Manager Mickey Callaway seemed to indicate the Cano was closer to returning to the lineup over the weekend, so McNeil's return comes as somewhat of a surprise.
RHP Tyler Bashlor was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move.
The Mets, who have lost four of their last five games, will surely be glad to have McNeil's bat back in the lineup. He is hitting a slash line of .333/.418/.461 with 13 doubles and 20 runs scored. His .333 average is fifth-best in the majors and ranks third in the National League behind Nolan Arenado and Cody Bellinger.