The Brad Emaus era didn’t last long, as the Mets gave their Rule 5 second base man just 37 at-bats (.162 with one RBI) to prove himself. Emaus must go through Rule 5 waivers before being offered back to Toronto for half the claiming price worth $25,000. If he clears, the Mets could trade for him and send him to the minor leagues.
I don’t believe the Mets gave Emaus a fair enough shake, with 37 at-bats barely a glimpse. The decision tends to refute the notion the Mets are using 2011 as a throw-away, stop-gap season.
Replacing Emaus will be Justin Turner, who was hitting .300 (12-for-40) with one RBI at Triple-A Buffalo.
The promotion of Turner could open a second base platoon with Daniel Murphy.
Turner is in the line-up, batting eighth in tonight’s game against Houston.
Here’s the line-up:
Jose Reyes, SS
Josh Thole, C
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Ike Davis, 1B
Angel Pagan, CF
Willie Harris, LF
Justin Turner, 2B
Jon Niese, LP
The Mets must make a roster move Thursday to clear room for outfielder Jason Bay’s activation from the disabled list. Most likely reliever Ryota Igarashi will be send down.