Mets recall Muno, option Monell to Triple-A

Mets recall Muno, option Monell to Triple-A

PITTSBURGH -- With their offense flagging and multiple members of their starting lineup battling injuries, the Mets made a roster move after Sunday's 9-1 loss to the Pirates to increase their versatility. The team recalled infielder Danny Muno from Triple-A Las Vegas, optioning catcher Johnny Monell.

Muno, 26, went 1-for-6 over a brief stretch in New York earlier this season. He will come off the bench for the Mets, giving the team another option at third base beyond Eric Campbell, Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada. Muno is also capable of playing second base and shortstop.

Monell, 29, is a catcher by trade but spent most of his time in the Majors as a left-handed pinch-hitter, going 1-for-15. Carrying three catchers was a luxury for the Mets, who are now more interested in Muno's versatility. After Sunday's game, manager Terry Collins said he was unsure if he would have first baseman Lucas Duda (right hamstring tightness) or center fielder Juan Lagares (sore elbow and right side) available to start Monday's game against the Phillies.

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