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Mets demote Eric Campbell, DFA Jeff Walters

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets demoted infielder Eric Campbell to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon to create room for the activation of recently-acquired first baseman James Loney. The Mets also designated for assignment minor league reliever Jeff Walters to clear the 40-man roster spot for Loney.

Campbell was hitting .159 with one homer and five RBIs in 63 at-bats.

Walters, 28, had a 9.27 ERA in 23 relief appearances in the Pacific Coast League.

Manager Terry Collins said the Mets selected Campbell over fellow utility player Ty Kelly for a demotion because Kelly is a switch-hitter.

The demotion of Campbell allowed the Mets to avoid placing David Wright on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck. Wright received an anti-inflammatory injection Tuesday and will be unavailable for the remainder of this series against the Chicago White Sox. The Mets now will make a DL decision regarding Wright on Friday when the team opens a series in Miami.