The New York Mets today announced that they recalled infielder /outfielder Nick Evans from Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and optioned RHP Ryota Igarashi to St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League. Evans will wear uniform #6 and will be available for tonight’s game.
Evans, 24, hit .290 (88-303) with 54 runs scored, 24 doubles, 15 home runs and 46 RBI in 77 games with the B-Mets. The 6-2, 220-pound slugger was recently named to the Eastern League All-Star team and ranks second in the EL with 39 extra-base hits and is third in home runs and doubles.
The Phoenix native appeared in 30 games with the Mets last season, hitting .231 (15-65) with seven RBI. For his career, the right-handed hitter has played in 80 major league games over parts of the last two seasons, batting .247 (43-174) with 23 runs scored, 15 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 16 RBI.
Igarashi is 1-1 with a 7.91 ERA (17 earned runs/19.1 innings) in 22 games with the Mets this season. Since returning from the 15-Day Disabled List on May 23rd, the right-hander has gone 0-1 with an 11.37 ERA (16 earned runs/12.2 innings) allowing 17 hits and nine walks while striking out 11.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is reporting that Igarashi is being sent down to Port St. Lucie because the triple-A and double-A affiliates also will be on an all-star break. Therefore, single-A is the only place he can get some work in. Rubin also is reporting that Jose Reyes is batting second in tonight’s game with Angel Pagan leading off and that Reyes got an MRI.
Evans was likely called up to fill a right-handed hitter void left when Fernando Tatis went on the disabled list. The Braves have plenty of lefty pitchers to throw against the Mets this weekend.