Catcher part of pair of expected Mets callups

Catcher part of pair of expected Mets callups

MIAMI -- When rosters expand Saturday, there will only be a couple of new faces in the Mets' clubhouse.

Manager Terry Collins said the team plans to only call up two players to help bolster depth on the roster. While Collins wouldn't name names, he said both callups will be position players and one will be a catcher.

"Just numbers," Collins said. "Make sure we have protection."

That means Triple-A Buffalo catcher Mike Nickeas could join the team for the second game of the series at Marlins Park. Nickeas is already on the Mets' 40-man roster and has appeared in 42 games for New York this season. During his time with the Mets, Nickeas hit just .168 with a .241 on-base percentage. In 21 games with Buffalo, he is hitting .349 with a .386 on-base percentage.

Collins also said the Mets have talked about seven or eight other players that could be called up after Buffalo's season ends Monday.

The team has no plans to promote any Double-A prospects when rosters expand, but Collins, whose background is in player development, didn't rule out calling up some Triple-A guys that aren't currently on the 40-man roster, but have had a productive season in the Minors as a "tip of the hat" to reward the player.

Collins also cautioned that there are some prospects that won't be called up because the club doesn't want to start the clock on their service time.