About a year ago, infielder Josh Satin lost his spot on the Mets' 40-man roster, placed on waivers. The 28-year-old cleared and wound up in Triple-A Buffalo, his roads back to the big leagues more daunting than ever.
"It's definitely a reality check and kind of a kick to the stomach," Satin said Tuesday. "You work your whole life to get this opportunity. You get it and then in one second, it's gone."
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But for Satin, the opportunity came once more, the side effect of a roster shake-up that the Mets hoped would jolt an underperforming club that began the day 23-35.
Satin arrived in the Mets clubhouse Tuesday along with outfielder Collin Cowgill and Josh Edgin. The three jumped on the same flight from Triple-A Las Vegas, where first baseman Ike Davis, outfielder Mike Baxter and lefty Robert Carson reported Tuesday.
According to manager Terry Collins, Satin may spell Daniel Murphy at first base on occasion and Cowgill will likely be crowded out as an extra outfielder.
Satin hit .192 in 16 games spread over two seasons with the Mets. But he hit .305 with nine homers and 32 RBIs in Las Vegas. Cowgill hit .268 with five homers after he was optioned to Triple-A on May 3.
"Your heart kind of drops at that moment," Satin said, recalling how word of a possible promotion spread as Triple-A Las Vegas played a game in Tacoma.
Meanwhile, the lefty Edgin returns despite struggling at Double-A Binghamton (5.91 ERA) and Triple-A Las Vegas (5.91 ERA). Despite the numbers, Collins said Edgin showed signed of improvement.
"The velocity is back up, which is very important for him," Collins said. "One thing that they told me was the command of his fastball was getting better, which is the second biggest thing we talked about."
Edgin was optioned April 27 with his ERA at 9.64.
"My mentality's back," Edgin said. "I'm not afraid to throw the ball, I guess you could say . . . Going bad is really overwhelming, especially when you want to prove to anyone in here you deserve to be here."