There's a little bit less Long Island on the Mets this morning. Local boy Frank Catalanotto, 36, was released by the team late last night after a less than stellar start to the season. Catalanotto hit .160 (4-for-25) with one RBI in 25 games and started one game for the Mets.

Catalanotto said he wasn't necessarily surprised by the move, as he wasn't getting much playing time. Last night's underwhelming pinch-hitting performance may have been the end of his major league career. That's OK though, as Catalanotto wanted to finish his career in New York.

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If this is the end of Catalanatto's career, the former C.W. Post player can take pride in his record as a professional hitter across parts of 14 major-league seasons. He has a career average of .291 with 1,113 hits in 1,265 games. Catalanatto hit .300 or better in three seasons with at least 400 at bats topped by his .330 average in 2001 with Texas. He also hit .301 and .300 in 2005-06 with Toronto.

To fill his roster spot, the Mets have promoted Chris Carter, nicknamed 'The Animal' by Jerry Manuel, from AAA Buffalo. Carter came to New York from the Red Sox at the end of last year in the swap for Billy Wagner. In Buffalo, The Animal was hitting .336 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 113 at-bats.

"It's really been a pleasure being his teammate," Mets third baseman David Wright said of Catalanatto, praising his work ethic on the Mets' website.

But Wright added that Carter is no slouch, either, when it comes to effort. "Chris, he's a competitor," Wright said. "He's a workaholic. He's usually the first one here, last one to leave and really outworks pretty much everyone in the game. Hopefully, it's a shot in the arm for us."

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