The New York Mets have activated James Loney and have optioned Eric Campbell to Triple-A, the team announced Tuesday. Loney will start at first base and bat sixth against the White Sox on Tuesday night.
The Mets acquired Loney on Saturday from the San Diego Padres for cash considerations. Loney, who had a .342/.373/.424 batting line in 43 games in Triple-A this season, will likely be part of a platoon at first base and will start against right-handed pitchers.
Assistant GM John Ricco said last week the Mets would look externally for a replacement for Lucas Duda, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his back.
Campbell appeared in 30 games for the Mets this season, hitting .159 with one home run and five RBIs while striking out 23 times in 63 ABs.
Loney, 32, hit .280 with four home runs and 32 RBIs in 104 games with the Tampa Bay Rays last year.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets have designated Jeff Walters.