Reports: Ankiel signs with Mets, playing Monday

Reports: Ankiel signs with Mets, playing Monday
May 13, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Mar 31, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros outfielder Rick Ankiel (28) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park.

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According to reports, Rick Ankiel has signed with the Mets and will play with the team on Monday night.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that Ankiel reached a deal with the Mets around 2 p.m. CT and, according to ESPN, he's in the Mets lineup for their game against the Cardinals at 6:05 p.m.

The Astros designated for assignment by the Astros last week after starting the season batting .194 with five homers.

On Monday, Ankiel is starting in center field and is batting seventh.