Johnson demoted to clear roster spot

August, 15, 2012
8/15/12
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The Mets optioned Rob Johnson to Triple-A Buffalo before Wednesday's game in Cincinnati, clearing a 25-man roster spot for the activation of Kelly Shoppach, who was acquired from Boston on Tuesday for a player to be named.

Johnson is hitting .250 with four RBIs in 52 at-bats at the major league level this season. He also tossed a scoreless inning at Toronto.

Rosters expand Sept. 1, so Johnson potentially could return at that point.

Shoppach will wear No. 6.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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