Tovar, 23, is batting .259 with a .305 OBP, and 10 extra base hits in 42 games. He is best known for his sensational infield defense not his hitting.
Muno, 26, had just one hit in 17 plate appearances with the Mets earlier this season. He's hitting .269 in Triple-A.
Matthew Cerrone: This is Sandy Alderson getting his ducks in a row. If I had to guess, he wants both players nearby depending on what they decide to do with Daniel Murphy. Muno can only be activated if Murphy goes on the disabled list due to being sent down for Dillon Gee just a few days ago. So, if Murphy is only going to be out a day or so, instead of playing with a short bench, expect Alderson to demote a relief pitcher and add Tovar.
Why not promote Triple-A infielder Matt Reynolds? My guess is, because he's not on the 40-man roster, they see Reynolds as more of a long-term solution, not someone to call upon in a pinch. In other words, if David Wright isn't coming back this season, or if Murphy is going to be out for a month, or someone else goes down for a long stretch, they'll make the 40-man transaction. However, if we're only talking a week or so at most, I guess Sandy would rather be prudent and lean on Muno and Tovar, who are already on the 40-man roster.
By the way, as an aside, this is a perfect example of why MLB should allow for a 28-man roster, with three players essentially serving on a taxi squad. In this scenario, like the NFL, teams would need to declare their 25 guys at the start of every series, but have unlimited consistent access to 28 players when making the call. Anyway, just an idea...