Aoki is out of the lineup against the Braves on Wednesday, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports. Aoki will receive a typical day off following 10 starts in the last 11 games, including an 0-for-3 day at the plate Tuesday. Travis Taijeron will take over in right field in his absence, while batting seventh in the order.
Aoki is not in the starting nine for Friday's game against the Braves. Aoki retreats to the bench for the series opener following five straight starts in right field. Travis Taijeron will take his place while batting seventh in the order.
Aoki will start in right field and bat second Monday against the Phillies. Season-ending injuries to Michael Conforto (shoulder) and Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) have thinned the ranks in the outfield, allowing Aoki to emerge as the Mets' preferred option in right field over Travis Taijeron. Aoki, who signed with the Mets on Saturday in the wake of the injuries depleting their depth, will draw his third consecutive start after impressing in his first two appearances with the club with four hits and two RBI over nine at-bats. Since Aoki is a 35-year-old player bound for free agency this winter, the Mets don't have much of a commitment to getting him regular at-bats, so if his offense ends up slumping later in September, Taijeron could get another look in an everyday role.
Aoki will start in right field and lead off in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Astros, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. The 35-year-old will make his debut with the Mets, his third different team this season, after being released by the Blue Jays earlier in the week. Aoki hasn't done much of note this season, but he can still hit at a useful clip and he figures to play at least semi-regularly with both Michael Conforto (shoulder) and Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) out for the rest of the year.
Aoki signed with the Mets on Saturday, and will join the team in Houston this weekend, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. With New York's outfield in a state of flux for the time being as both Michael Conforto (shoulder) and Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) are going to miss the rest of the season, Aoki figures to see a decent amount of action moving forward. He is also under team control through 2018, so this gives the Mets a little more wiggle room as to how they want to shape their outfield next season. During 83 big-league games between Toronto and Houston this year, Aoki hit .274/.319/.402 with five home runs and 27 RBI.
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