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On the day the Mets designated Keon Broxton for assignment, Mickey Callaway said the club had hopes he might be back. “He’s a talented player and I think we’re still hopeful he’s somehow still in our organization when all this is over,” Callaway said on May 17 in Miami. “He was in a tough situation. That’s the reality for everybody that doesn’t start on a daily basis. It just wasn’t happening for him for one reason or another, but like I said, we have confidence that this kid can play. I’ll tell you what: The one thing that he did was he brought energy every day and embraced his opportunities. He just wasn’t getting it done.”The Mets on Wednesday announced they traded Broxton to Baltimore for $500,000 in international bonus pool money. MORE: Mets still 'believe' they can turn around the seasonBroxton hit .143.208/.163 over 49 at-bats for New York. About 24 hours before he was designated for assignment, he voiced his frustrations about his limited opportunity. He said he felt added pressure due to the uncertainty of not knowing when his next at-bat would come. 
“I think we want players to perform when they’re given the opportunity,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said on May 17. “Keon had a tough role. Any player that finds himself in a bench role does not have the luxury of being able to get regular at-bats, right? I think that he did the best he could with that opportunity. He worked hard every day, he showed up with a good attitude, but the results ultimately didn’t work out for him or for us.”

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The Mets designated Keon Broxton for assignment on Friday. Justin Toscano, Staff Writer
Just as they had with Diaz, the Mets held firm regarding not playing Dominic Smith in the outfield.That, too, could change.It doesn’t seem like it will be a regular occurrence, but Callaway noted that the Mets only have three active outfielders for Wednesday’s game. Michael Conforto is on the injured list and Jeff McNeil is out of the lineup with left hamstring tightness.
Callaway said he would feel comfortable putting Smith in left field if it came down to that. Smith has taken fly balls there in batting practice.“We have to do everything we can to win games,” he said, “and sometimes you have to think outside of the box to get that done.”McNeil is day-to-day with the hamstring tightness that he first felt when taking second base in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s walk-off victory.Neither he nor Callaway seemed overly concerned about it.Callaway said Conforto has started doing light baseball activity. Nothing too strenuous, but it's a step forward. The Mets still are not sure when he will be back.

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