The Mets have called up infielder Matt Reynolds before Tuesday's game, and have optioned LHP Sean Gilmartin to Triple-A, the team announced.
This is good news. The Mets have been playing short a bench player (and an extra relief pitcher) since Wilmer Flores went on the disabled list. Gilmartin was added to the bullpen to replace Logan Verrett, who started in place of the injured Steven Matz this past Saturday.
Reynolds, who can play all four infield positions and some outfield, and who spent time with the Mets last October, was batting just .238 through 33 games in Triple-A. Meanwhile, second baseman Dilson Herrera has been hot, hitting .364 with five HR in his last 10 games. Although, frankly, no one down there has been hotter than 27-year-old, Triple-A infielder Ty Kelly, who is batting .398 with a .486 OBP.
Kelly is the best fit, plus TC raved about him in spring training. However, he would have required removing someone from the 40-man roster. And, while Herrera is playing well, that's actually a reason to leave him where he is. Instead of coming to the Mets, sitting, disrupting his routine and getting cold, because Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker are playing well, it's better to let him stay where he is and use Reynolds in the short term. In the event Walker goes down, and Flores is still missing, Dilson is the man. But, for now, this is probably the best fit...