Mets release 1B Adrian Gonzalez, will call up Dominic Smith
NEW YORK (AP) — Looking to spark their stagnant lineup, the New York Mets are making a change at first base.
Slumping veteran Adrian Gonzalez was released following a 2-0 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night, and the Mets will recall Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday when they begin a 10-game road trip in Atlanta.
The 36-year-old Gonzalez, who struck out in all three at-bats Sunday, hit .237 with six home runs and 26 RBIs for the Mets. The five-time All-Star was signed for the major league minimum during the offseason after struggling with a bad back last year with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Mets also announced they plan to call up utilityman Ty Kelly from Triple-A on Tuesday. Reserve catcher Jose Lobaton will be designated for assignment.
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