When Jerry Manuel asked for a reliever after last weekend's series against the Washington Nationals, left-hander Raul Valdes showed up at Citi Field on Monday. Now, Manuel has suggested he can use a right-handed bat for his bench for a weekend series against the Atlanta Braves, whose bullpen includes left-handed closer Billy Wagner as well as southpaws Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty.
Binghamton Mets (AA)
So could Nick Evans be on the way from Double-A Binghamton?
The evidence is mounting. Evans was a healthy scratch from Binghamton's game on Thursday at Altoona. And a team official acknowledged late Thursday: "We are considering a right-handed bat now."
Evans also wouldn't burn an option, since you can go up and down as many times during a season as required and he was already optioned to the minors during spring training.
The Mets right now essentially have an eight-man bullpen with Hisanori Takahashi reassigned there for the weekend -- unnecessary considering the team enters the series off an off-day. Meanwhile, with Fernando Tatis on the disabled list, there's no righty bat for the bench aside from the non-starter between Rod Barajas and Henry Blanco (or both if Josh Thole starts).
Evans, 24, is hitting .290 with 15 homers and 46 RBIs in 303 at-bats with Binghamton this season.