Mets activate Mientkiewicz, purchase Padilla
Doug Mientkiewicz at Mets spring training, Feb. 25, 2005.

Posted Jul 16, 2005

Doug Mientkiewicz was activated from the 15-day disabled list following Friday's game.

Mientkiewicz, who strained his right hamstring on June 25, spent four rehab games with the Gulf Coast (Rookie) Mets this week, going 5-for-10 at the plate, including a home run.

He went 2-for-3 with a single and a double in his final Gulf Coast game on Friday, a 5-4 loss to the GCL Dodgers.

To make room for Mientkiewicz, the Mets designated first baseman Brian Daubach for assignment.

Daubach, 33, hit .120 with a home run and three RBI in 15 games for New York.

The club also shuffled their bullpen, optioning lefthander Royce Ring to Triple-A Norfolk and purchasing the contract of righthanded reliever Juan Padilla.

Padilla, 28, represented Norfolk – along with starter Jason Scobie – at the Triple-A All-Star Game in Sacramento, Calif. this week. He was 3-2 with 11 saves and a 1.44 ERA.

Ring, 24, was 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 15 appearances. In 10.2 innings, he had walked 10 and struck out eight.

"We just feel like it's the right move," said Randolph, who added that Ring's demotion didn't have anything to do with Kazuhisa Ishii's relief status.

The Mets will make an accompanying roster move on Saturday to add Padilla to the club's 40-man roster.

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