Mets set to call up Campbell from Triple-A

Mets set to call up Campbell from Triple-A

NEW YORK -- Rapidly now, the Mets are making changes to their underperforming roster.

After stranding 15 runners on base in a 3-2 loss to the Phillies Friday night, the Mets announced that they will call up infielder Eric Campbell prior to Saturday's game. The team did not announce a corresponding move, but Josh Satin, who was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts subbing for regular first baseman Lucas Duda, appears most vulnerable.

Campbell, 27, was hitting .355 with three homers, 15 doubles and 24 RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A Las Vegas. He also had 20 walks, continuing a hot streak that was nearly good enough for him to make the team out of Spring Training.

Satin, 29, was a valuable bench bat for the Mets last season, but is batting just .107 this year. The Mets typically avoid using the right-handed Satin against right-handed pitching, but Duda's bout with food poisoning forced them to start Satin at first base Friday. Duda is unlikely to be available on Saturday, meaning Campbell, who has played six different positions already this year at Vegas, is a strong bet to start at first.

A former eighth-round Draft pick out of Boston College, Campbell has been in the Mets' organization for six years without a callup. He reached Triple-A for the first time last year, batting .314 with a .910 OPS in 120 games.

The move comes one day after the Mets recalled infielder Wilmer Flores from Las Vegas, starting him at shortstop in an attempt to improve their stagnant offense. And it may not be the last in a string of Minor League promotions. Reliever Vic Black has been thriving at Vegas and could soon be called upon for bullpen help. Starting pitchers Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom have also been performing well and could earn callups either as starting pitchers or relievers.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.