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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Nickeas to get call for Beltran

By Adam Rubin

Mike Nickeas is due to join the Mets as the roster replacement for Carlos Beltran. However, it will be a close call whether Nickeas is eligible for Thursday's 12:30 p.m. game or whether he will have to wait until Friday to be active.

The Met and Giants completed the Beltran deal Wednesday. But because Beltran had 10 years of major league service and five years with the Mets, there is a formal 24-hour waiting period before he can approve the deal. The commissioner must then sign off on the money transfer because it exceeds $1 million.

While Beltran should be eligible for San Francisco's night game in Philadelphia, the Mets may be forced to play with a 24-man roster for their Thursday matinee because the required time may not have fully lapsed.

Nickeas is hitting .208 with two homers at Triple-A Buffalo this season, but the Mets were 5-2 with him as a starting catcher at the major league level this year.

Evans, who cleared waivers Wednesday, is expected to rejoin the Mets and replace the third-catcher Nickeas when a mandatory 10-day stay in the minors is completed.

The Mets went with the third catcher because there were slim pickings among healthy 40-man roster prospects. Outfielders Kirk Nieuwenhuis (shoulder) and Fernando Martinez (hip) and infielder Zach Lutz (concussion) are injured. Like Evans, Ruben Tejada and newly claimed outfielder Mike Baxter have not spent the required 10 days in the minors in order to be eligible to be re-promoted.