Altherr was sent outright to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday, Jacob Resnick of Mets Minors reports. Altherr was designated for assignment Wednesday, though given his service time, he can elect free agency should he choose to decline a minor-league assignment.
Altherr was designated for assignment by the Mets on Wednesday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports. Altherr has been cut from three teams this season, previously getting designated for assignment by the Phillies and Giants. His .221/.310/.406 career slash line in parts of six seasons could be enough to earn him another spot at the end of someone's bench, but his .163/.269/.307 line over the last pair of campaigns may have greater relevance at this point. He'll clear a roster spot for Robinson Cano (quadriceps), who returned from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Altherr hit a solo home run as a pinch hitter in a loss to the Tigers on Friday. Stepping to the plate in the sixth inning with the score tied 6-6, Altherr took Buck Farmer deep for his first homer of the year and only his second hit in 32 plate appearances. Altherr's stay with the Mets is likely to be a brief one -- Michael Conforto (concussion) could be close to a return from the injured list, and the organization just signed Matt Kemp to a minor-league deal.
Altherr was claimed off waivers by the Mets on Thursday. The Mets' current stable of healthy outfielders consists of journeymen (Carlos Gomez, Rajai Davis), an infielder (J.D. Davis) and Juan Lagares. Altherr had been claimed by the Giants and then designated for assignment in hopes of retaining him, but the Mets swooped in and claimed him to address their current lack of quality depth. The expectation is that Altherr will be active for Friday's game against the Tigers. He has a career .222/.312/.406 slash line in 333 games in the majors. Altherr has been mediocre against righties (91 wRC+) and lefties (93 wRC+).
The Giants designated Altherr for assignment Sunday. Altherr joined the Giants a week ago after being claimed off waivers from the Phillies but couldn't crack San Francisco's outfield ranks, logging just one at-bat during his time with the club. The Giants will hope to keep Altherr around as a depth option at Triple-A Sacramento if he goes unclaimed while being exposed to waivers again.