"Andrew Brown is swinging great," Terry Collins said before Friday's Mets-Braves series opener at Turner Field. "The report was he's really hitting lefties exceptionally well. And we're trying to find some offense in our outfield. So I thought it might be time."
Brown actually was hitting .400 (28-for-70) against right-handers and .286 (8-for-28) against left-handers with Las Vegas, although six of his eight hits against southpaws were doubles.
"Obviously when you get at-bats, you get comfortable," Brown said.
As for Cowgill, Terry Collins said his swing got too long after a grand slam on Opening Day. Then there's the matter of Cowgill's .173 on-base percentage as a Met.
"The report we got, and what we saw in spring training, he was exactly that." Collins said. "He was a guy that got on base and created runs, scored runs. I don't know. Maybe one of the worst things that could happen is to walk right out and hit homers on Opening Day, which I told him. I just thought he was over-swinging. When he got on base he was dangerous. He wasn't getting on."
Did Cowgill see the demotion coming? Collins isn't so sure.
"They always think the younger player is going to go, most likely," Collins said, alluding to Juan Lagares. "Not that [Cowgill] is an old guy by any means. We just thought that Juan, if we need a defensive replacement late in the game, he really is that guy to go play center."
Collins said Brown will take grounders at first base. Brown had not played first base this season with Las Vegas -- only right field. But he has played more minor league games in his career at first base (239) than either right field (159), left field (120) or third base (42).
"I have five years doing it with the Cardinals off and on, back and forth from the outfield to first base whenever," Brown said. "So I feel like I could do a pretty good job doing it if I'm needed to."