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Monday, July 26, 2010
Hessman coming, coaches staying

By Adam Rubin

After discussions Monday on a conference call, the Mets have opted to keep their staff intact, at least for the short term.

Also, the Mets announce Rod Barajas will be placed on the disabled list with a right oblique strain. Slugger Mike Hessman, the active leader in minor league homers, will be promoted.

Barajas landing on the DL leaves the Mets with the standard two catchers, and Josh Thole is expected to get the bulk of the starts behind the plate.

Hessman was just honored in Toledo, where he spent the previous five seasons, when Buffalo played there over the weekend. He returned July 19 from a hand injury after missing six weeks. He had been hit with a pitch and suffered a fracture, and doctors also detected a benign tumor.

In eight games since returning to the Bisons, Hessman is hitting .188 with one RBI. However, for the season with Buffalo, he's hitting .274 with 18 homers and 58 RBIs in 248 at-bats. He has appeared in 77 major league games with the Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers.

His promotion gives the Mets with another desperately needed homer threat, after the Mets originally were expected to bring in a more bona fide utility infielder -- Justin Turner.