It is only 15 games into the season, but the Mets have a number of key decisions to be made today. The most pressing deals with Jeurys Familia being eligible to be returned to the major league roster after his 15 game domestic violence suspension. Given the state of the Mets bullpen, the Mets will waste little time adding Familia to the roster.
The question is who gets sent down. Rafael Montero has certainly merited getting sent back down if not being outright released. Through six appearances, Montero is 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA, 3.600 WHIP, and a 10.8 BB/9.
Instead of Montero, the Mets could elect to demote Sean Gilmartin to Triple-A. Despite Gilmartin being with the major league club for nearly a week now, Terry Collins has been hesitant to use him. With Collins’ reluctance, it appears Gilmartin is likely to be sent down to rejoin the Triple-A rotation sooner rather than later.
There is also the possibility both could be demoted. With Lucas Duda suffering a hyper-extended elbow stemming from a play at first base last night, it is possible the Mets call-up a player. As reported by MMN‘s Michael Mayer, Matt Reynolds was removed from the Las Vegas 51s game after one at-bat last night. It is likely he was removed as a precaution with Duda’s injury.
Even if Duda is ready to play today, it is still possible Reynolds gets recalled. At the moment, the Mets are one bat short due to the need to call Gilmartin up after the 16 inning game. Certainly, Reynolds would be useful as an additional player on the bench with the Mets getting nicked up.
You could also make the argument with Jose Reyes‘ struggles, Wilmer Flores‘ inability to hit right-handed pitching, and T.J. Rivera not eligible yet to be recalled, the Mets should give Reynolds a look at third base. However, Reynolds has been struggling this season at Triple-A hitting only .283/.340/.348 with 15 strikeouts in 46 at-bats.
Rivera would be an option to get called up if the Mets placed Duda on the disabled list.
There is the matter of d’Arnaud. He left last night’s game with a contusion after his hand hit Aaron Altherr‘s bat with his throw to second base. The early indications are d’Arnaud is fine, and Rene Rivera will likely get a game or two to allow the swelling in d’Arnaud’s hand to reduce.
Still, given d’Arnaud’s injury history, the possibility always remains that the injury is worse than initially expected. On the front, it should be reported Kevin Plawecki did not start last night’s game for the 51s, so it is difficult to try to discern the Mets thinking on that front. It should be noted Plawecki getting called up makes some sense as he could provide depth for both catcher and first base.
The Mets bench was already a man down before Duda and d’Arnaud left last night’s game, making it imperative they call up at least one position player.
Most importantly, the Mets are going to have to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate Familia’s return from suspension. As noted above, Montero has done more than enough to justify being designated for assignment. For that matter, so has Josh Edgin, but he appears safe for now. The other possibility is the Mets putting David Wright on the 60-day disabled list.
Wright just resumed baseball activities yesterday, and it is difficult to predict when he will be able to return to the team. Given his injury problems, putting him on the 60-day disabled list would be prudent because it permits the Mets to hold onto all their pitchers. Then again, you could make the argument Montero has merited being designated for assignment regardless of there being an open roster spot or not.
Make sure to check with MMO all day to see how the Mets address these various moves.