Mets hire former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long

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Fired two weeks ago after eight seasons as the Yankees’ hitting coach, Kevin Long has signed on with the Mets to fill the same role.

For the majority of Long’s tenure the Yankees had one of the elite offenses in baseball and overall from 2007-2014 they scored MLB’s second-most runs, but the lineup fell apart during the past two seasons due to aging and injuries.

Dave Hudgens was fired as the Mets’ hitting coach at midseason and his replacement, Lamar Johnson, was let go after the season ended. Hudgens has since joined the Astros as their hitting coach.

Long previously worked with Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson on the Yankees from 2010-2013, but in general will have a much different task ahead him than the veteran, star-filled lineups he’s used to. And the expectations will probably be just a tad lower, too.

Giancarlo Stanton to make return from IL this week

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.

Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.

In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.