Monday, September 1, 2014
Josh Satin disappointed with season
By Adam Rubin
MIAMI -- With rosters expanding on Sept. 1, Josh Satin returned to the majors Monday for the first time since being optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on May 10.
Satin acknowledged this season has been a disappointment. He hit .107 (3-for-28) at the major league level during the opening weeks of the year. In the Pacific Coast League, he produced a .289 average with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 374 at-bats. He played 59 games at third base, 25 games at first base, 17 games at second base and spent four games at DH with the 51s.
He was displaced at the major league level by Eric Campbell in the righty utility role.
"Anytime you can get back to the big leagues, it's obviously rewarding," Satin said. "This season hasn't gone as planned. It's been tough. It's been a grind. But I came out every day in Triple-A and worked hard. I was hitting early every day, just trying to get back here."
Satin, as well as catcher Juan Centeno, right-hander Erik Goeddel and left-hander Dario Alvarez joined the Mets on Monday.
While Campbell remains the primary righty pinch-hitter, Centeno's presence as a third catcher allows manager Terry Collins to use Anthony Recker as a pinch-hitter when the Mets need a late home run.
Goeddel and Alvarez essentially replace the injured Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka, so the bullpen remains at its customary seven pitchers.
Alvarez, who features a slider, will be the No. 2 lefty option behind Dana Eveland with Edgin unavailable. Collins is unsure whether Edgin (bone spurs) will return this season. Edgin will be examined by team doctors on Tuesday in New York.
Meanwhile, Goeddel's major league debut may come with his brother in the ballpark. Goeddel's brother Tyler, a third baseman and the 41st overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, just completed his season in the Florida State League with Charlotte and plans to visit Marlins Park.