The Mets initially kept Hu, a career .177 hitter, on the team for his superior defense. But Hu's struggles, along with Turner's strong play at several positions, forced them to reconsider his roster spot.
Poor performance was also the rationale behind outrighting Igarashi, the losing pitcher in Monday's game. Bouncing between New York and Buffalo throughout the past year, Igarashi allowed runs in each of his final two games with the Mets.
"I completely understand the decision," Igarashi said through an interpreter. "I've given up a lot of walks recently and I've given up some runs, so I understand the decision."
The Mets were eager to activate Beato, their most consistent reliever in April. Prior to landing on the disabled list with a bout of right elbow tendinitis, the rookie Beato had not allowed an earned run over his first 17 big league innings.