Mets Recall Inf Valdespin; Designate Lhp Hampson

FLUSHING, N.Y., July 4, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced the team recalled infielder Jordany Valdespin from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League and designated lefthanded pitcher Justin Hampson for assignment.  Valdespin will wear #1 and will be available for today’s game.

Valdespin, 24, joins the Mets for the fourth time this season. In his previous three stints, Valdespin went 14-63 (.222) with two home runs and 12 RBI.  His first major league hit was a three-run, pinch-hit home run off Jonathan Papelbon on May 7 at Philadelphia that gave the Mets a 5-2 win.

The 6-0, 190-pounder hit .289 (39-135) with five home runs and 19 RBI in 34 games for the Bisons.  He stole a season-high four bases on July 2 vs. Durham and had a game-winning single last night in the Bisons’ 5-4 win vs. the Bulls.

Hampson, 32, did not record a decision in three games with the Mets this season.  He allowed two runs, both unearned, over 1.1 innings with the club.