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Mets to recall catcher Johnny Monell to bolster bench

Johnny Monell follows through on a home run

Johnny Monell follows through on a home run in the eighth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins on March 17, 2015, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Credit: AP / John Bazemore

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.

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.

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