The Mets will promote OF Michael Conforto, infielder Ty Kelly, RHP Gabriel Ynoa and C Kevin Plawecki when rosters expand Sept. 1, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
T.J. Rivera, who hit .289 in 13 games with the Mets this season, is not eligible to be promoted to the big leagues until 10 days after his Aug. 29 demotion to Triple-A.
Conforto, 23, who was sent down Aug. 12, is batting .450 with four home runs during his last 10 games in Las Vegas. He hit just .239 with 29 extra base hits in 84 games during two stints with the Mets this season.
These will be helpful additions, especially Conforto, who had success and experienced a playoff run here last season. Ynoa will add an extra arm to a bullpen that desperately needs help; Kelly will add infield depth, which is now needed in the wake of Neil Walker's injury; and Plawecki will allow Terry Collins to use Travis d'Arnaud or Rene Rivera as a pinch hitter, because he'll have a third catcher with big-league experience.
By the way, Conforto has been playing center field in Las Vegas. Considering how he's raking right now in Triple-A, I'd like to see Terry slot him back in the starting lineup, put him in center field and bat him behind Jay Bruce the minute he steps in the clubhouse. I realize he struggled at times this season but he's on fire now, he knows the situation, he'll be facing lesser pitching (considering the competition will have expanded rosters and starting guys from Triple-A as well), and he has the pop and drive the Mets need. Terry should have a quick hook, but I'd rather see him in there from the get go, instead of using him off the bench.