Mets Claim OF Aaron Altherr Off Waivers

May 23, 2019 - 2:46 pm
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By WFAN.com

With the recent run of injuries over the last couple of days, the Mets have decided to add some outfield depth.

New York has claimed outfielder Aaron Altherr off waivers from San Francisco and designated pitcher Tim Peterson for assignment, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

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Altherr is in the midst of a brutal season. In 30 at-bats between the Phillies and Giants, the 28-year-old mustered just one hit and one walk while striking out 10 times.

The veteran outfielder is a career .221 hitter, but did enjoy one strong campaign with Philadelphia back in 2017. In 107 games that season, Altherr hit .272/.340/.516 with 19 home runs and 65 RBI.

Aaron Altherr hits a walk off two RBI double during the tenth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park.
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The Mets are currently without the team's starting outfielders, as Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil are all on the injured list. Altherr is likely to see some playing time right away.

Peterson had allowed only two runs in 6.1 innings with the Mets this season, but did surrender five hits and six walks. 

The 28-year-old was 1-4 with a 2.89 ERA, 0.643 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 18.2 innings at Triple-A Syracuse this year.