The Mets optioned Brandon Nimmo to Triple-A Las Vegas after Tuesday's game at Citi Field.
INF T.J. Rivera will be recalled from Las Vegas to take Nimmo's spot on the 25-man roster, according to Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Journal-Review.
Nimmo, 23, had been recalled on Thursday shortly after being sent down after the Mets placed Yoenis Cespedes on the 15-day DL. He has hit .237 with a .297 OBP and .288 SLG in 20 games (59 at-bats) with the Mets this season.
Rivera, 27, had 15 hits last week, including eight that went for extra bases, while hitting .517 (15-for-29) with a .576 OBP, .931 SLG and winning PCL Player of the Week honors.
Rivera attended Lehman High School in the Bronx before playing baseball for Troy University in Alabama. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
"That's just always been a part of my game is to put the barrel on the ball," Rivera said earlier this year, according to MLB.com. "I just try to come to the field every day and put some work in, try to find a way to get better in any way possible."
He's too old to be considered a 'prospect,' which is why you never see his name on Top Prospect lists. That said, I don't understand why we haven't seen T.J. at the big-league level before now, since all he does is hit. I'm glad that's about to change...
First of all, he's an awesome, local story. He played Little League in the Bronx, went un-drafted out of Troy University, and was later signed by the Mets in 2011. And ever since, he's never really struggled, yet for some reason he remained in Triple-A.
Interestingly, he's exactly what the Mets have been in need of all season, which is a guy who does a lot of little things well, though he doesn't have one big skill that will get your attention. And maybe that is what was keeping him down, because he never turned heads, specifically Terry Collins.
I know for a fact that the Front Office thinks highly of him, and it's not like the Mets haven't had a need for a super utility infielder during the last two seasons. Yet, again, there he was in Vegas, making contact, rarely striking out, never hitting below .300, running well, and playing every infield position, just as he did in every other league and level.