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Friday, June 1, 2012
Mets send down Johnson, not Nickeas

By Andrew Marchand

The Mets made official what Adam Rubin reported earlier today, bringing back Josh Thole from the DL and calling up right-handed reliever Elvin Ramirez. They also designated Chris Schwinden for assignment. In a little bit of a surprise, the Mets optioned catcher Rob Johnson to Triple-A instead of Mike Nickeas. Johnson was hitting .313 in 11 games, while Nickeas is hitting .148 in 24 games. Nickeas is the superior defender.