The Mets have recalled Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned Jacob Rhame to Triple-A to make room on the roster, it was announced Friday.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Friday that one of the reasons Nimmo was called up was because the team will likely have a greater need for him to pinch-hit late in games due to the likely light offense expected from catchers Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido.
Nimmo had been sent down on Monday, and the Mets would have had to wait at least 10 days before bringing him back up. However, he is replacing an injured player (Kevin Plawecki) on the roster, which allowed the Mets to call Nimmo up sooner.
The 25-year-old Nimmo began the season as the starting center fielder as Michael Conforto recovered from shoulder surgery. Nimmo was hitting .333/.600/.444 in 15 plate appearances before being sent down.
Rhame, 25, has allowed three runs on six hits in 3.2 innings this season while striking out two and walking none.
He earned his first career save last Sunday night against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.