The end came quietly for Bobby Abreu.
Announced as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning of the Mets' 4-3 loss Monday, Abreu was pulled back for Wilmer Flores when the Giants summoned lefthander Javier Lopez. About an hour later, the 40-year-old Abreu was seeking his next opportunity.
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"I want to keep playing," said Abreu, whom the Mets designated for assignment. "I love this game."
Long known for his patience at the plate, Abreu served as a mentor to the younger hitters on the team but hit .238 with a .331 on-base percentage. He had spent 2013 in retirement, then signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies, who cut him loose near the end of spring training.
The Mets signed him and promoted him in April, marking Abreu's 18th season in the big leagues. On May 31, he was hitting .320 with a .397 OBP and .897 OPS. But after that, he batted .181 (13-for-72).
Abreu hit .284 as a starter, but his limitations on defense forced him mostly into a pinch-hitting role. He struggled in that capacity, going 2-for-31 (.065).
"It's not that easy to come off the bench," said Abreu, who thanked the Mets for giving him a chance.
Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and will join the Mets in Washington Tuesday.
Jacob deGrom was named the National League's rookie pitcher of the month. The righthander was 4-1 with a 1.39 ERA in July. "It's awesome," deGrom said. "I'm honored to receive that [award]." . . . Vic Black has stranded 18 of 19 inherited baserunners.