The Mets announced to reporters, including Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, a series of roster moves prior to today’s game. Recent trade acquisitions Darin Ruf and right-hander Michael Givens have been activated, while righty Trevor May has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list. To make room for those three on the roster, righties Yoan Lopez spirit Stephen Nogosek were optioned while infielder Kramer Robertson was designated for assignment.
Robertson, 27, has had his name attached to many transactions this year. He began the year in the Cardinals organization, getting selected to the big league club in May. He made his major league debut with the Redbirds, getting into two games but making just one plate appearance (RBI groundout). He was optioned back to the minors and then designated for assignment in June. He was then claimed off waivers by the Braves and the Mets in fairly quick succession. Both teams kept him in Triple-A for the most part, with the Mets calling him up yesterday but designating him for assignment without getting him into a game.
Between the organizations of the Cardinals, Braves and Mets, he’s gotten into 73 Triple-A games this year and has hit .241/.400/.362. He doesn’t have much power but has walked at an incredible 17.5% rate this year and enough defensive versatility to play second base, third base and shortstop. He’s already been claimed a couple of times this year and could be again, especially with many teams having just opened roster spots with trades in recent days. He will likely land on the waiver wire in the days to come.
As for May, 32, he’s been out of action for months due to a stress reaction in the humerus of his throwing arm. He started off the season in miserable form, likely due to his arm issues, logging an 8.64 ERA in 8 1/3 innings. Landing on the IL in early May, the prognosis was that he would be sidelined 8-12 weeks, with the hurler now returning at the longer end of that window. He’s in the second year of a two-year, $15.5MM contract with the Mets. He will look to get back on track before returning to free agency, as well as helping the Mets with the stretch run. The club is currently atop the NL East with a 2 1/2 game lead over the Braves.