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No LeBron ... what about Nick?

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.

Nick Evans

Nick Evans

#0 LF
Binghamton Mets (AA)

2010 STATS

  • GM77
  • HR15

  • RBI46

  • R54

  • OBP.363

  • AVG.290

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.