On Thursday, the New York Mets claimed outfielder Aaron Altherr off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated right-hander Tim Peterson for assignment.
On top of all these injuries, the Mets desperately needed an outfielder, as they also traded Keon Broxton to the Baltimore Orioles after they DFA'd him.
Altherr, 28, spent the bulk of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, but he was DFA'd earlier in the month because he didn't have any minor league options and he wasn't producing in the limited amount of playing time.
He was then picked up by the San Francisco Giants, but after just one game he was DFA'd for a second time this season.
If given the chance to play on a frequent basis, Altherr has shown glimpses of being an everyday player in the big leagues. Back in 2017, Altherr hit .272 with 19 home runs and an .856 OPS.