NEW YORK -- It was the sixth inning of Las Vegas' game against the Tacoma Rainiers on Sunday, when the 51s learned three Mets players were being sent down. One of them was Ike Davis. For the rest of the game, first baseman Josh Satin had to try to keep his mind focused on his own game, on his next two at-bats, on trying to help Las Vegas to a win over a good Tacoma team.
His mind understandably started to wander.
"You're trying to play and win a ballgame, but also, in the back of your mind, you're like, 'I hope I'm the guy that gets called up,'" Satin said.
Sure enough, after the game he learned the news.
Las Vegas manager Wally Backman called three players into his office individually. Left-hander Josh Edgin, outfielder Collin Cowgill and then Satin all learned they were heading to New York to join the Mets, filling the roles of Davis, Mike Baxter and Robert Carson, who were all sent down to Las Vegas after the Mets' 8-4 loss to Miami on Sunday.
They boarded the same flight to New York on Monday, an off-day for the Mets. While they're joining the team at a rough time, they're all here to help New York any way they can.
"I'm ready for any role," Satin said. "I assume I'll mostly be playing first. If it's play every day or hit off lefties, I'm ready for it."
Manager Terry Collins said Satin won't be a part of a platoon with Daniel Murphy, who will be the regular first baseman until Davis comes back. Satin will play essentially when Collins needs to rest Murphy.
Satin was hitting .305 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs in 59 games with Las Vegas. He was hitting .354 against left-handers.
He's played in a total of 16 games for the Mets, spanning 2011-12, and hit .192 with two RBIs.
Satin hasn't been at the Major League level yet this season. Now he has an opportunity, which he's looking to take advantage of.
"I want to be a Major League Baseball player," Satin said. "I want to stay here."
Edgin started this season with the Mets but struggled from the start. He made 11 appearances and gave up 10 runs on 13 hits in 9 1/3 innings. The Mets sent him down to Double-A Binghamton on April 27.
He earned a promotion to Triple-A on May 14. Edgin was 2-0 with a 5.91 ERA for Las Vegas, and allowed 14 runs on 24 hits in 18 2/3 innings. He also struck out 22 batters.
Edgin said the time in the Minor Leagues allowed him to learn to pitch well again in a more relaxed environment. He said he started limiting the time he thought about baseball and the way he was pitching to when he was actually at the ballpark and on the mound.
The approach has worked so far.
"I kind of just let everything go and stopped thinking," Edgin said. "I've been throwing well lately."
Cowgill, meanwhile, already had a big moment this season, hitting a grand slam on Opening Day. After struggling at the plate, though, the Mets sent the outfielder down to Las Vegas on May 3.
He was hitting .268 with five home runs for the 51s.
Collins said Backman told him Cowgill has been doing a better job of laying off the breaking ball that's down. The Mets are confident he can add some value off the bench.
Now it's just a matter of finding him playing time.
"We all know he can hammer a fastball, and that's why he's back here, because he's made some huge adjustments," Collins said. "The issue now is how we're going to get him in the lineup."
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less