The New York Mets today announced outfielder Jay Bruce and LHP Jonathon Niese were added to the 25-man roster. The club also recalled infielder Ty Kelly and LHP Josh Edgin from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Bruce will wear No. 19, Niese will wear No. 49, Kelly will wear No. 56 and Edgin will wear No. 66. New York also optioned outfielder Brandon Nimmo and RHP Seth Lugo to Las Vegas (AAA), placed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 1, with a strained patella tendon in his left knee and placed outfielder Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day DL with a left hamstring strain.
Bruce, 29, a three-time All-Star was acquired yesterday from Cincinnati. He is batting .265 (98-370) with 22 doubles, six triples, 25 home runs, 80 RBI and a .559 slugging percentage in 97 games. His 80 RBI lead the National League (fourth in the Major leagues), while his 25 home runs are tied for fourth-most in the NL. He's one of three players in the Majors this season to have at least 22 doubles, 25 home runs and 80 RBI (the other two are Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion and Boston's David Ortiz). Additionally, Bruce is batting .360 (32-89) with eight home runs and 52 RBI with runners in scoring position.
Niese, 29, was acquired Monday from Pittsburgh. He was 8-6 with a 4.91 ERA (60 earned runs/110.0 innings) in 23 games, 18 starts for the Pirates this year. He was 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA (two earned runs/8.1 innings) in five games in relief this season. Niese was 61-61 from 2008-2015 with the Mets. He had a 4.00 ERA (four earned runs/9.0 innings) in seven games in relief including the postseason last year.
Kelly, 28, was also with the Mets earlier this year from May 23-June 10 and June 16-June 22. He hit .148 (4-27) with one homer and two RBI in 14 games with New York. Kelly was batting .342 (83-243) with 42 runs scored, 20 doubles, two homers, 26 RBI, and a .423 on-base percentage in 72 games with the 51s this season.
Edgin, 29, was 2-1 with three saves and a 2.18 ERA (eight earned runs/33.0 innings) in 37 combined Minor League games between St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and Las Vegas (AAA) this year. Edgin underwent Tommy John surgery on March 17, 2015. He last appeared in a Major League game on September 23, 2014 at Washington. Edgin was 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA (four earned runs/27.1 innings) in 47 games with the Mets in 2014. He is 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA (29 earned runs/81.2 innings) in 115 Major League games from 2012-2014.