Mets Promote Johnny Monell, Option Eric Campbell

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The Mets have optioned Eric Campbell back to Triple-A Las Vegas and activated catcher Johnny Monell to their 25 man roster.

Monell gives the Mets a third catcher as well as a left-handed bat off the bench.

Campbell, 28, batted .200/.320/.323 in 50 at-bats with the Mets, but had been slumping badly over the last week.

May 4

Triple-A catcher Johnny Monell is on his way to New York and is expected to be activated in time for Tuesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. No corresponding move has been announced.

After a strong showing this spring, Monell has made a case for himself to be the Mets backup catcher, especially with Anthony Recker continuing to struggle at the plate.

However, a report from Mike Puma of The Post says the Mets intend to carry three catchers, suggesting that Eric Campbell could be heading back to Las Vegas.

Monell, 29, has hit in 8 of his last 9 games during which he’s been hitting .444 (16 for 36) with seven runs scored, two home runs, and 12 RBI.

Overall, he is batting a league-leading .397 with a .455 OBP, four home runs, 15 RBI and a 1.092 OPS in 58 at bats for Las Vegas.

Monell agreed to a minor league contract last November with an invitation to major league spring training.

He hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2013, when he had one hit and three strikeouts in nine plate appearances with the Giants.

Monell spent the 2014 season batting .238/.301/.364 with 40 strikeouts in 226 plate appearances between the Triple-A affiliates of the Dodgers and the Orioles.

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