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New York Mets call up prospect Khalil Lee, put Albert Almora Jr. on IL

Feb 26, 2020; Mesa, Arizona, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Khalil Lee (24) singles in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets called up prospect Khalil Lee from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday to replace the roster spot of fellow outfielder Albert Almora Jr.

Almora, 27, was placed on the 10-day injury list Wednesday with a left shoulder contusion. He was injured after colliding with the wall while chasing down a fly ball during the Mets’ 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.

Lee, 22, was acquired by the Mets from the Kansas City Royals as part of a three-team trade that included Andrew Benintendi on Feb. 10. Lee is batting .250 (4-for-16) with two RBIs in six games with Syracuse.

Kevin Pillar started in center field for New York’s game against Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon. Dominic Smith and Michael Conforto served as the other starting outfielders for the Mets, who are without Brandon Nimmo (bruised left index finger) and Almora.

“Right after the collision, he was talking, he was moving, but after the game when I saw him, you could see that he was holding his left shoulder a little bit,” manager Luis Rojas said of Almora. “He just looked very, very tight, just holding that area, like tentative to move. Today, he’s walking slow.”

Almora is batting .048 (1-for-21) in 20 games this season.

–Field Level Media