Bobby Abreu is on his way back to the majors. The Mets will recall the 40-year-old outfielder from Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday, according to a team announcement. The team currently has two bench outfielders -- Andrew Brown and Kirk Nieuwenhuis -- behind Curtis Grandenson, Chris Young, and Eric Young.
Starting center fielder Juan Lagares is on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain.
He might be ready to return when eligible around the end of April, but until then, Abreu will get an opportunity to prove he can still play at the highest level.
Abreu will attempt to add to his lofty career totals. He's 63 hits away from 2,500 for his career, an accomplishment only 96 players in league history have managed. With one more stolen base, he'll become one of just 74 players to steal 400 bases in a career. He's also 13 homers short of joining Bobby and Barry Bonds, Andre Dawson, Willie Mays, Reggie Sanders, Steve Finley, Carlos Beltran, and Alex Rodriguez in the 300-300 club -- only Bobby and Barry Bonds have 300 home runs and 400 stolen bases.
Those milestones could be hard to come by, and Abreu might not care much about them himself, but reaching them would put him in an extremely elite historical group -- if he isn't already.