Callups Nickeas, Lutz give Mets some depth

Callups Nickeas, Lutz give Mets some depth

Callups Nickeas, Lutz give Mets some depth
MIAMI -- As expected, the Mets added two players before the second game of their three-game series with the Marlins on Saturday.

New York recalled catcher Mike Nickeas and corner infielder Zach Lutz from Triple-A Buffalo to help bolster the team's depth for the final month of the season.

"I haven't given a lot of thought to how they're going to be used, but I think they can help pinch-run or if there's a pinch-hitting role that comes up," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We've got some guys that certainly will give us some depth."

Nickeas was on the Mets' Opening Day roster and appeared in 42 games before the team optioned him to Buffalo on July 16. He hit just .168 (17-for-101) with three doubles, one home run and 13 RBIs during his stint with the Mets.

Since he was sent down to the Bisons, Nickeas hit .364 (24-for-66) with a .405 on-base percentage and a .905 OPS. He hit six doubles, a home run and six RBIs in 22 games.

Lutz made his Major League debut with the Mets earlier this season, but spent most of the year with Buffalo. In four games with New York, he went 1-for-4 from April 24-29. In 72 games with Buffalo, he hit matched Nickeas' OPS (.905) and hit .299 (73-for-244) with a .410 on-base percentage, 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 35 RBIs.

"I know all about him," Collins said of Lutz. "He's got power, he's a good hitter, he plays first and third. He can be dangerous."