Hours later, in his second game in uniform, Shoppach made his debut for the Mets. The eight-year veteran spent much of his pregame time at Great American Ball Park huddling around a computer with fellow catcher Josh Thole and bench coach Bob Geren, watching video.
"I just want to get him in there," manager Terry Collins said, explaining why he started the right-handed-hitting catcher against Reds' righty starter Homer Bailey, despite Shoppach's extreme platoon splits. "I want to start to get him to feel a part of the team, and we're not hitting. Let's see if we can get somebody in there who can maybe produce some runs."
Beato, 25, was an important part of New York's bullpen last season before fading down the stretch. Battling shoulder weakness, the former Rule 5 Draft pick did not break camp with the Mets this spring, later appearing in seven games for them and compiling a 10.38 ERA.