St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - The New York Mets announced Monday that the
team has signed outfielder Rick Ankiel and named him their starting center
fielder for Monday's series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Ankiel, a former pitcher-turned-outfielder, hit .194 with five homers over
25 games with Houston this season before the Astros designated him for
assignment. The veteran outfielder cleared waivers on May 9.
Ankiel spent the first seven years of his MLB career with St. Louis, which
drafted him as a pitcher in the second round of the 1997 draft.
The 33-year-old journeyman will bat seventh for New York in the first of a
four-game set with the Cardinals.
The Sports Network