Stinnett released by Mets

Stinnett released by Mets

The Mets released catcher Kelly Stinnett on Friday, three days after signing the veteran catcher to a minor league contract.

The Mets released catcher Kelly Stinnett on Friday, three days after signing the veteran catcher to a minor league contract.

Stinnett, 35, caught six innings in a minor league game on Wednesday and reported some pain in his right shoulder, which was said to be unrelated to the reconstructive elbow surgery that ended his 2004 season with the Kansas City Royals.

The veteran catcher had requested his release from the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier in the week, when manager Bob Melvin elected to keep Koyie Hill and Chris Snyder as a catching tandem.

Originally a product of the Cleveland Indians farm system, Stinnett played the 1994 and 1995 seasons with New York as the backup to Todd Hundley before moving on to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The .238 lifetime hitter has also played with Arizona, the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals in his 11-year career.

Other moves: Luis Garcia's Cinderella bid to make the Mets came to an end on Friday, when the club re-assigned the first baseman to minor league camp. Outfielder Ron Calloway and reliever Jose Santiago were also removed from big league camp, though Santiago pitched well in a two-inning stint against the Florida Marlins.

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