The Mets' top minor league affiliate, the Class AAA Buffalo Bisons, are struggling along this season, five games under .500. And maybe that's because they have already promoted most of their roster to the majors just six weeks into the season.
A trio of Buffalo players was promoted because of the latest emergency in New York. The Mets placed third baseman David Wright on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Monday and called up infielder Nick Evans to take his place. And one day after Monday's loss -- which Mets manager Terry Collins called "uncomfortable" -- the Mets dumped reliever Ryota Igarashi and infielder Chin-lung Hu to Buffalo, activated reliever from the disabled list Pedro Beato and promoted infielder Ruben Tejada.
The moves emphasized the injury and production woes that the Mets have suffered, with Wright joining Ike Davis and Angel Pagan on the disabled list -- not to mention the loss of Chris Young for the year already. Igarashi and Hu were healthy but struggling badly.
"We were sitting over here earlier and there was like nine of us, I think, that started the year in Buffalo," Evans said. "It's funny. All of us here that were in Buffalo, we're actually pretty good friends. So it's kind of nice for us to be here together."
More than uniting friends, the Mets are hopeful that the infusion of young blood can help them quickly fill in the blanks.
"You can talk about the fundamentals of hitting, the fundamentals of pitching, the mechanics of both, but ultimately it comes down to the thought process, what needs to get done and the execution of it," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You can have the best curveball in the world, but if you can't throw it over -- it's the execution side. So what we're going to ask these guys, be it Fernando (Martinez), be it Ruben, Nick Evans, 'Hey, look, go play the game right. Just execute.' "
The moves upset some of the plans of the organization. Tejada played for the Mets much of last year, hitting just .213 in 78 games. He's only 21, and the Mets hoped to have him spend the year in the minors playing shortstop full-time to prep for the possibility of a Jose Reyes trade -- or Reyes' impending free agency -- and provide an insurance policy.
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