During Friday night’s 5-2 win over the Padres, Anthony Recker went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Recker was not in the original starting lineup on Friday – he was inserted after the Mets scratched John Buck, who departed the team and returned to New York for the birth of his new son.
Buck will be placed on paternity leave before today’s game, at which point the Mets will recall Travis d’Arnaud from Triple-A Las Vegas.
However, Buck can only remain on paternity leave for three games, after which the Mets will have to remove somebody from the active roster.
Before yesterday’s game, Sandy Alderson said it was possible d’Arnaud could remain with the club beyond the next three games.
“I just hope I can go out there and prove that I belong here and that I can help the team win a game,” Recker said after the game. “I kind of leave that stuff up to them.”
Terry Collins has been impressed with Recker this season, but isn’t sure what will happen to him in the short-term.
“Certainly, Recker’s done one thing: He’s come to the ballpark each and every day with a great attitude, a tremendous attitude. He works hard. He gets himself ready. And he’s done exactly what we thought he would do — and that is he’s dangerous with a bat in his hand,” Collins said.
In 38 games this season, Recker has hit .193 with a .244 OBP and .629 OPS. He has five singles, six doubles, five home runs and 16 RBI in 109 at-bats.