<
>

Dario Alvarez likely to rejoin Mets on Friday

NEW YORK -- Left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez was not among the players who joined the New York Mets on Tuesday from Triple-A Las Vegas as rosters expanded. That was because of MLB rules, not a lack of desire by team officials to have him rejoin the big league club.

In fact, Alvarez is likely to join the Mets on Friday in Miami, after spending the required 10 days in the minors.

Although he did not appear during the call-up, Alvarez spent two days in the bullpen during the Mets' series against the Colorado Rockies in Denver, coinciding with Lucas Duda landing on the DL. Alvarez returned to Las Vegas as the Mets activated David Wright from the disabled list.

Alvarez, who is on the 40-man roster, made four relief appearances with the Mets last September. This season, he opened the season with Double-A Binghamton, then made his Triple-A debut on July 26. In 15 relief appearances with the Pacific Coast League club, Alvarez is 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA. Batters are hitting only .147 against him in 10 2/3 innings.