F-Mart Sent Down, Nick Evans Called Up

An article by posted on June 19, 2009

According to Adam Rubin of the Daily News, Nick Evans has been called up to the Mets to replace Fernando Martinez who was optioned back to Buffalo.

Evans was batting .276 with a .294 OBP at Double-A Binghamton since he was demoted from Buffalo where he batted .093 in 22 games. The Mets also had Evans consult a sports psychologist at the time to find the root of his problems.

It was no surprise that the Mets demoted F-Mart who was struggling, but calling up Evans was kind of unexpected. Martinez, who was the youngest active player in the majors at age 20, hit just .194 with a .286 on-base percentage in 18 games with the Mets this season.

On the surface, and this is just me speculating, but I think this means fewer starts for Fernando Tatis at first base.

In another roster move, the Mets claimed left-handed reliever Arturo Lopez off waivers from the Padres and moved infielder Ramon Martinez (finger surgery) to the 60-day disabled list.

Lopez, who had a 19.29 ERA in four relief appearances with San Diego this season, was immediately assigned to Buffalo.

By the way, on a lighter note, I used to remember not too long ago the words “Breaking News” would signify some huge global news story, a catastrophic event, a celebrity death or a political scandal, but I almost choked when I clicked to see it was about a guy who was hitting .277 getting called up to the Mets. Welcome to the new world.

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