New York Mets batting coach Lamar Johnson talks to Chris Young (1) during batting practice before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Frank Franklin II
May 27, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) Lamar Johnson has a lot of catching up to do in his new job as Mets hitting coach.

Promoted back to the big leagues Monday when the team fired Dave Hudgens, Johnson joined the New York staff before Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

His task? Figure out a way to help a struggling lineup that began the day ranked last in the National League with a .352 slugging percentage.

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