The Mets appear ready to reshuffle their bench with the promotion of minor-league catcher Johnny Monell, which will be made official before Tuesday night's series opener against the Orioles.

Monell, 29, was hitting .397/.455/.638 with four homers and 15 RBIs for Triple-A Las Vegas. He gives the Mets an extra lefthanded bat off the bench.

The Mets held off on announcing a corresponding move. Sources said the team intends to carry three catchers and that there is no trade in the works.

To make room, another bench player or perhaps a reliever could be demoted.

Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has struggled as the team's only lefthanded-hitting bench option. He's hitting .091 (2-for-22). Utilityman Eric Campbell also has languished, with his average dipping to .200 after a fast start upon his arrival from Las Vegas.

In another roster move, the Mets announced that the Rangers have returned righthanded pitcher Logan Verrett, who was outrighted to Las Vegas.

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The Orioles chose Verrett in the Rule 5 draft during the offseason before he was claimed off waivers by the Rangers. In four relief appearances with the Rangers, Verrett, 24, was 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA.

Syndergaard honored

Pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard was named the Pacific Coast League's pitcher of the week Monday.

In two starts last week for Las Vegas, Syndergaard, 22, went 2-0, allowed no runs, six hits and two walks, and struck out 19 in 14 innings. His efforts included his first career shutout (seven innings as part of a doubleheader).

Syndergaard owns the third-lowest ERA (1.66) and the fourth-most strikeouts (26 in 212/3 innings) in the hitter-friendly PCL.