The Mets promoted Bobby Abreu from Triple-A for Monday’s game, the team announced.
4:15 pm: Terry Collins said Monday that he will occasionally start Abreu in the outfield, but he will mostly be used as a pinch hitter.
“Bobby certainly brings a quality major-league bat late in games,” said Collins.
3:33 pm: Abreu, who will wear No. 53, told reporters he expects to be a pinch hitter, play some outfield, and act as a DH during Interleague games.
2:40 pm: Andrew Brown has been optioned to the minor leagues to make room for Abreu on the roster.
Abreu was signed at the end of March as a free agent. He had been hitting .412 with a .500 OBP in 40 plate appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas. He has four doubles and six RBI, but no home runs. He has played three games in the outfield, but mostly served as designated hitter.
The 40-year-old last played in the major leagues in 2012 with the Dodgers and Angels.
Abreu played for Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens in Venezuela in Winter Ball (DiComo, March 31).