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Days after heroic homer in first Mets at-bat, Rajai Davis designated for assignment

Rajai Davis after his eighth-inning three-run homer against

Rajai Davis after his eighth-inning three-run homer against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Hero today, gone tomorrow.

Rajai Davis blasted a three-run homer in his first at-bat with the Mets on Wednesday, but the veteran outfielder was designated for assignment as the corresponding roster move for Michael Conforto's activation from the injured list before Sunday's game against Detroit.

Davis had taken a $243 Uber ride from Pennsylvania to Queens before going deep as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's game against the Nationals.

Waiver pickup Aaron Altherr also blasted a home run as a pinch hitter in his first at-bat with the Mets one night later. The club decided to keep him for now instead of Davis, but the Mets are hoping the latter goes unclaimed and remains with the organization.

"I think we want to see a little bit of what Altherr can do," Mickey Callaway said before Sunday's game. "Obviously, there's years of control and things like that, but it's a tough decision. You go back and forth and you try to come to the best conclusion. It's not always easy, we don't have a crystal ball, but we do the best we can with the information we have and try to continue to keep our depth as much as possible."

Callaway added that Conforto is "a full go" after missing the previous nine games with a concussion suffered in a collision with Robinson Cano against Washington on May 16. Conforto played rightfield, batted third and went 0-for-3 in the Mets' 4-2 victory Sunday over the Tigers.

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