The Mets will call up Triple-A Las Vegas RH reliever Drew Smith and OF Kevin Kaczmarski prior to Friday's game, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
They optioned RHP Chris Flexen and RHP Paul Sewald to Triple-A Las Vegas after Thursday's game.
Smith, 24, was acquired from the Rays last season for Lucas Duda. He has a 3.00 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 28 strikeouts in 30.0 innings (21 appearances) this season for Las Vegas in the hitters haven that is the Pacific Coast League. He also excelled last season for Double-A Binghamton, with a 1.80 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.
For his minor league career, Smith -- who was a third-round draft pick of the Tigers in 2015 -- has a 2.02 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 191 strikeouts in 174.0 innings across four seasons.
Kaczmarski, 26, is hitting .363/.416/.411 in 33 games this season for Las Vegas.
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I noted earlier that the Mets could go one of two ways here. They could call up two relievers or call up one reliever and one position player, which would restore the five-man bench. The latter is the route that made sense, and the way they went.
I wrote on Wednesday about how it's time to give the 24-year-old Smith a chance. He isn't on the 40-man roster, but the Mets can clear a spot by shifting either AJ Ramos or Jamie Callahan to the 60-day DL. Smith has pitched incredibly well and has lots of upside. It's time to see what he can do.
As far as the position player, I suggested earlier that the Mets could opt for an outfielder like Zach Borenstein or Kaczmarksi. Like Smith, Kaczmarski isn't on the 40-man roster. But a spot can easily be cleared.