INF Neil Walker and OF Brandon Nimmo, but not Triple-A Las Vegas 1B Dominic Smith, are expected to join the Mets on Friday for the start of their series against the Mariners in Seattle, according to SNY contributor Adam Rubin.
The Mets traded 1B Lucas Duda to the Rays on Thursday night for reliever Drew Smith, with Jay Bruce getting the start at first base against the Padres.
Dominic Smith, 22, is hitting .337 with a .390 OBP and .524 SLG with 15 HR, 30 doubles, and 68 RBI in 102 games this season for Las Vegas.
The Mets likely want to showcase Bruce and OF Curtis Granderson between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, meaning a callup of Dominic Smith will likely have to wait.
Walker has been on the disabled list June 15 with a torn hamstring. He is expected to return to playing second base when he rejoins the Mets, despite starting the last few games at third base during his rehab with Triple-A Las Vegas.
"We just want to protect ourselves," manager Terry Collins said when asked about Walker working out at third base. "We want to make sure we cover all the bases. We talked to Neil about it and he was fine with it."
Walker has played just 15 games at third base during his nine-year career. His last appearance at third was in 2010 for the Pirates.
In 60 games this year, Walker is batting .270 with a .356 OBP, nine HR and 33 RBI.
Nimmo, who is hitting .350 with a .458 OBP and .400 SLG in 15 games for the Mets this season, has been on the DL since July 8 due to a collapsed lung.