Mets summon trio from Vegas with 51s' season over

WASHINGTON -- The New York Mets promoted right-hander Logan Verrett, infielder Dilson Herrera and catcher Johnny Monell after Triple-A Las Vegas' season ended Monday. That will bring the total to 37 players in the major league clubhouse.

Perhaps more notable was who did not get summoned.

Right-hander Dillon Gee, who went 8-3 with a 4.58 ERA in 14 starts with Las Vegas after clearing waivers and getting demoted, was not invited to return. Gee has the right to declare free agency after the regular season, well before he would be non-tendered by the Mets on Dec. 2 anyway.

Also passed over is reliever Vic Black, who once was projected to be a key cog out of the bullpen. Black cleared waivers and was removed from the 40-man roster last week. He will be a minor league free agent after the season unless the Mets unexpectedly reverse course and return him to the 40-man roster soon. Black posted a 7.09 ERA and had 26 walks (one intentional) in 26 2/3 innings with Las Vegas.

Verrett should be a key figure for the Mets in September. General manager Sandy Alderson confirmed Monday that the Mets will use a six-man rotation down the stretch even with Matt Harvey unavailable. So Verrett should get multiple starts. In two starts in September since getting sent to Las Vegas, Verrett allowed 12 runs on 19 hits and two walks in 11 2/3 innings.

Herrera hit .327 with 11 homers and 50 RBIs in 327 at-bats with Las Vegas. Monell's call-up was curious only because it gives the Mets four catchers.

The only players on the 40-man roster who did not get called up were right-handers Gabriel Ynoa and Akeel Morris and outfielder Darrell Ceciliani.