New York Mets Rumors: Are Multiple Roster Moves On The Horizon?


New York Mets Rumors: Did Mets Show Their Hand Friday Afternoon In Regards To Daniel Murphy Quad Issue?

The injury bug has taken up permanent residence it would seem with the New York Mets, as yet another player looks destined for a DL stint. This time it is Daniel Murphy, who was arguably the best hitter left in the Mets lineup that has been decimated by injuries. There has been no official announcement yet regarding Murphy and his injured quad, but the Mets may have given away what they plan to do.

This afternoon, Murphy was set to undergo an MRI to see the extent of his injury. He was forced from the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks last night with tightness in his quad. This comes right after manager Terry Collins had decided to move Murphy back to third base, flipping him with Ruben Tejada, who took over at second. The Mets seem to be preparing themselves for a Murphy DL stint though, as they had some players come to them in Arizona.

Both Danny Muno and Wilfredo Tovar have met the team in Arizona from Triple-A. There have been no official announcements in the way of roster moves, but it is telling that the Mets have not only one, but two minor leaguers joining them out west. First, this more than likely signals that Murphy will have to be placed on the DL because Muno cannot be recalled unless that move happens since he was just optioned back to the minors Wednesday. Secondly, it could signal another roster move being on the horizon as well.

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Could this mean Eric Campbell is sent back down to the minors to try and figure things out? Campbell is stuck in a horrible slump, going 0-25 at the plate. He could be a candidate for demotion as the Mets were struggling enough to replace David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud; potentially adding Murphy to that list they cannot afford to wait for Campbell to get things going.

Or could it signal a change to the Mets’ pitching staff? Going with a six-man rotation and still having seven players in the bullpen leaves the bench a little short. With the amount of injuries the Mets are dealing with, they may not be able to afford having a four man bench any longer, especially since it’s really a three-man one because they cannot use their backup catcher too early in the game. Could the Mets ditch their six-man rotation and move someone like Dillon Gee into the bullpen, enabling them to send one of their bullpen arms back down to the farm to bring up a second hitter?

Surprisingly, Matt Reynolds once again is being passed over as a potential call-up. Reynolds had a strong spring with the Mets, prompting some people to call him a potential dark horse for a role with the major league team. But, his recent struggles in Las Vegas could be why he was passed over yet again.

Passing over Reynolds for a lack of recent production is the same reason the Mets look to be bringing up two players from Triple-A instead of one. They need to find a spark, and at this time it looks like Muno and Tovar have a higher likelihood of doing that than the other options at their disposal. Hopefully they are able to give the Mets some production, as the Mets need to continue taking advantage of a recent slide from the Washington Nationals.

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