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Mets get another big bat for Herd

Nice move just announced by the Mets to help the injury-depleted Bisons: Veteran outfielder Jorge Padilla has been acquired in a trade with the Blue Jays and has been activated for tonight's game against Indianapolis. Padilla, 30, was hitting . 330 with four homers and 27 RBIs in 50 games with Las Vegas -- and was batting .439 in June. (Click here for 2010 numbers)

Padilla played 95 games last year in Syracuse and led all full-season minor leaguers with a .367 batting average. He led IL batters with a .424 on-base percentage and fell just 38 plate appearances shy of winning the league's batting title. Padilla made his major-league debut last year with Washington but was just 3 for 25.

He was originally drafted in the third round by the Phillies in 1998 and played for the Mets in 2006 at Double-A Binghamton, where he batted .295.

At this point, Padilla is not in tonight's lineup. Dillon Gee (6-4) will try to snap his three-game losing streak against Indy's Charlie Morton -- the right-hander who was 1-9, 9.35 for Pittsburgh this season before mercifully getting sent on rehab to Triple-A. Pittsburgh 1B/RF Steve Pearce is batting fourth for Indy in his first game on rehab, one spot under St. Francis product Jim Negrych.

Here's the Bisons' lineup:

Russ Adams, 2b
Justin Turner, ss
Mike Jacobs, 1b
Valentino Pascucci, rf
Fernando Martinez, cf
Mike Cervenak, 3b
Lucas Duda, lf
Josh Thole, c
Dillon Gee, p

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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