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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Igarashi & Hu demoted, Beato Activated

Following streaks of poor performance, Mets optioned releiver Royota Igarashi and Ching-Lung Hu to Triple A- Buffalo early this morning, activating Pedro Beato and infielder Ruben Tejada (heir to shortstop but will play 2nd base for now.) "Given the fact that we're without the two corners in our infield, we need some more consistent offense off the bench," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "And ultimately we need someone who can play second base on a regular basis." According to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, Tejada, 21, who made his Major League debut with the Mets last season and was batting .267, with three home runs in 39 games at Buffalo. Tejada will instead play second base, allowing Daniel Murphy to start at first base and Justin Turner to shift over to third in the absence of Wright. The Mets also plan to recall corner infielder Nick Evans from Buffalo on Tuesday.

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.

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