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Mets to add shortstop Wilfredo Tovar

Adam Rubin

Wilfredo Tovar

NEW YORK -- Having lost Ruben Tejada for the season due to a broken leg, the Mets plan to promote shortstop Wilfredo Tovar.

Tovar, 22, hit .263 with four homers and 36 RBIs in 441 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton. He is considered a strong-armed, defensive-oriented player who projects as a backup middle infielder if he reaches the majors.

Tovar already is on the 40-man roster. He is due to join the Mets on Friday in Philadelphia.

The Mets otherwise would not have a healthy shortstop on the major league roster other than Omar Quintanilla. Justin Turner is still nursing a hamstring strain. And the Mets had stopped using Wilmer Flores at shortstop the past two seasons because of range issues. Plus, Flores has cranky ankles.

Binghamton's season ended Sept. 6, so Tovar presumably has been idle in his native Venezuela.