According to ESPN, the Mets have placed stud-reliever Pedro Beato on the disabled list due to “elbow tendinitis,” and have subsequently promoted Mike O’Connor from Triple-A to take his roster spot. Beato had been the Mets most reliable source of the bullpen to-date, seeing as he hadn’t allowed an earned-run. The Rule 5 pick’s stats on the year included a 0.00 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, and 3.33 K/BB in 17 innings.
The former first round pick found his grove as a reliever after spending four minor league seasons as a starter in the Baltimore Orioles farm system. In 59.6 innings as a reliever for the Orioles Double-A franchise, Beato posted a 2.11 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 16 saves, and 2.63 K/BB. Despite his obvious value, the Orioles did not place the righty on their 40-man roster, thus exposing him to the Rule 5 draft. The Mets selected Beato, and he pitched well enough in Spring Training to earn a spot on their opening day roster.
Even though Beato had “star” written all over him after his magnificent 2010 season, it’s fair to say no one predicted him to be as, well, perfect as he’s been in 2011. Since Bobby Parnell and D.J. Carrasco didn’t cut it, Beato became a much-needed source for middle-relief innings–however, his current injury puts a dark cloud over the rest of his 2011 season. There will be more news about his injury in the near-future, but elbow tendinitis is a serious ailment for a pitcher.
Left-handed reliever Mike O’Connor, who will take Beato’s roster spot, has posted a 3.31 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 2.14 K/BB in 16.3 frames for Triple-A Buffalo. The southpaw competed with Tim Byrdak for the specialist role in spring, but lost out to the veteran. He gives the Mets solid lefty-depth in the bullpen, but unfortunately does not fill the large void created by Beato’s injury.
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