Call-up is wakeup call for Evans


Nick Evans

First Base/Left Field
Buffalo (AAA)


Nick Evans got a call requesting his services in Queens a little after 1 a.m. Tuesday.

"It's great. I'll take that call every morning," said Evans, who was called up by the Mets to replace David Wright (back). "You wake right up when you get that call."

He hopped on a flight from Buffalo to New York at 8 a.m. and was in uniform, ready for batting practice, by 4 p.m.

Terry Collins said Tuesday that Evans will see time against left-handed pitching. He will mostly serve as a backup to Daniel Murphy at first. He may also backup Justin Turner at third base.

He gets the opportunity because Wright was placed on the disabled list with a lower-back stress fracture.

Evans, who hit .248 with five homers and 16 RBIs at Triple-A Buffalo, counted nine former Bisons teammates in the Mets clubhouse Tuesday.

"We're all pretty close, so it's nice," he said.

He also wasn't concerned about getting sent down again when Wright gets healthy.

"You're not really worried about coming back and forth," he said.

If Evans is sent down again and unclaimed off waivers, he can declare free agency rather than report to Buffalo.