Mets sign Bobby Abreu, send him to Las Vegas

The Philadelphia Phillies' Bobby Abreu waits his turn

The Philadelphia Phillies' Bobby Abreu waits his turn in the batting cage before a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, Fla., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Credit: AP / Gene J. Puskar)

Bobby Abreu's comeback bid will continue with the Mets, who announced Monday that the 40-year-old has signed a minor-league deal. He will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Phillies released Abreu last week after he hit .244 in spring training and struggled in the field. The former Yankees outfielder hasn't played in the majors since 2012. CBSSports.com first reported that he was on the Mets' radar.

Absence notes

The Mets expect Chris Young to be available Wednesday after the outfielder missed Monday's season opener with a strained right quadriceps.

"I've been working hard all spring getting ready for Opening Day," said Young, who did not play in the 9-7 loss to the Nationals. "And then you get to Opening Day and you're not going to be able to go out there with your teammates. That's tough on a player."

Young was injured in Saturday's exhibition finale against the Blue Jays in Montreal. The Mets have a day off Tuesday.

The injury was just the latest twist for manager Terry Collins, who has struggled to piece together a steady lineup,

Second baseman Daniel Murphy flew to Florida on Monday to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's first child, so Eric Young Jr. took his spot. Murphy should be back Wednesday.

Meanwhile, several members of the Mets reported to Citi Field with the flu, including first baseman Ike Davis. After finishing 0-for-2 with a walk, Davis said that an "illness-related" issue made him tardy for the game's first pitch. The Mets already had taken their positions on the field when Davis jogged out of the dugout.

Ready to spend?

For three straight seasons, the Mets' payroll has held steady around the $90-million mark. But if the club finds itself in contention this summer, general manager Sandy Alderson said his budget would allow for a significant upgrade.

Said Alderson: "If a player is available to us later in the year and presuming we have some success to that point in the season, then yes, absolutely."

Extra bases

Righthander Jenrry Mejia remains on track to start Friday against the Reds. An exam Sunday revealed no major issues one day after a comebacker struck him on the right forearm . . . The Mets fell to 5-2 in extra innings on Opening Day . . . Collins intends to play the hot hand at first base. Josh Satin is expected to start Wednesday against Nationals lefthander Gio Gonzalez.

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