Mets reassign hitting coach Lamar Johnson, assistant Luis Natera

BY foxsports • October 2, 2014


The New York Mets say they will replace hitting coach Lamar Johnson and assistant hitting coach Luis Natera.

They have been offered jobs in the Mets' minor league system, the Mets said Thursday.

Johnson became hitting coach when Dave Hudgens was fired on May 26, and Natera filled the new position of assistant on March 24. The Mets batted .239 as a team this year and were below the National League average in runs, home runs, batting and on-base percentage.

In player news, the Mets said catcher Travis d'Arnaud had a bone chip removed from his right elbow Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Rehabilitation time is estimated at six to eight weeks. Right-hander Jenrry Mejia had sports hernia surgery Thursday in Philadelphia, a procedure with a three-week rehab. 

The Mets also said Mike Barwis had been hired to oversee major and minor league strength and conditioning. Barwis will remain a consultant, a position he's held since 2011, and will be involved in hiring and supervising the team's strength and conditioning coaches.

Jim Malone will leave the team after two years as major league strength and conditioning coach.

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