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Mets promote Nickeas, Lutz

8/31/2012

Catcher Mike Nickeas and corner infielder Zach Lutz are due to join the Mets on Saturday in Miami as rosters expand.

Collin McHugh will be added for Monday's start in St. Louis. The remainder of the call-ups should join the Mets on Tuesday, the day after Triple-A Buffalo's season ends.

The remainder of the call-ups figure to include right-handers Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez as well as Jordany Valdespin. The Mets also may reward a Triple-A veteran such as Matt Tuiasosopo or Fred Lewis.

Wally Backman is expected to assist the major league coaching staff.

Despite his struggles at the major league level, which included a .168 average, Nickeas hit .364 in 22 Triple-A games with the Bisons.

Lutz, 26, hit .299 (73-for-244) with 10 homers and 35 RBIs in 72 games with the Bisons. He was 1-for-8 at the major league level earlier this season.