With the Mets desperate for offense, the team called-up veteran Bobby Abreu from Triple-A after Sunday's, 14-inning 4-3 win over the Braves.
The Mets announced he was expected to join the team before Monday night's series opener with the Cardinals at Citi Field. No corresponding move was announced.
Abreu signed a minor-league deal with the Mets this spring after being released by the Phillies. His contract has an opt-out if he was not called up to the majors by April 30
In 15 games with Las Vegas, Abreu is hitting .395 with four doubles, a home run and nine RBI.
That is attractive to a team that went into Sunday's game batting a National League-worst .227.
In 17 years in the majors, Abreu was a two-time All Star who is a career .292 hitter with 287 home runs and 1,349 RBI, though he hasn't hit over .255 in four years. The 40-year old rightfielder last played in the majors in 2012, hitting ,242 between stints with the Angels and Dodgers.
This winter, Abreu played for Mets' hitting coach Dave Hudgens in Venezuela. Hudgens said earlier this spring that Abreu's hitting style fits in well with the Mets philosophical approach. He also felt he would be a good role model for the Mets’ younger hitters.