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Mets recall Carter, designate Catalanotto

Mets recall Carter, designate Catalanotto

NEW YORK -- For the second day in a row, there will be a new face in the Mets' clubhouse.

Before Monday's 3-2 loss to the Nationals, the Mets recalled Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo while putting Henry Blanco on the bereavement list, and after the game they recalled Chris Carter, also from Buffalo, while designating outfielder Frank Catalanotto for assignment.

Catalanotto, a 14-year veteran, knew that he wouldn't have many opportunities to produce when he came to New York this season and didn't take advantage of the few he had, going 4-for-24 (.167) in limited action.

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"Chances are this is the end of my career," Catalanotto said. "I'm very happy to have had a chance to play for the Mets. I always wanted to play in New York."

As Catalanotto's time with the Mets comes to an end, Carter will be making his debut in the Big Apple. The 27-year-old outfielder was acquired from the Red Sox as the player to be named in the trade for reliever Billy Wagner.

After a hot Spring Training, Carter hit .339 with a 1.010 OPS and six home runs in 119 plate appearances for Buffalo.

"It's really been a pleasure being [Catalanotto's] teammate. He's really taught me quite a bit about putting the work and the effort in," third baseman David Wright said. "Chris, he's a competitor. He's a workaholic. He's usually the first one here, last one to leave, and really outworks pretty much everybody in the game. Hopefully, it's a shot in the arm for us. You know he's going to go out there and give you everything he has every day."

Jerry Manuel's offense can use all the help it can get.

The Mets rank 11th in the National League in runs scored and 14th in batting average, with only one regular position player hitting over .275 -- rookie Ike Davis, at .316.

Manuel has pointed to his hitters' histories as a sign that his team is just off to a slow start, something that the players are feeling as well.

"The one thing we thought in Spring Training is that we wouldn't have problems scoring runs," said Jeff Francoeur, who dropped his average to .241 and struck out for the eighth time in his last four games on Monday. "Our pitching has held up [its] end of the bargain, and we've got too good of hitters not to be producing."

Kyle Maistri is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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