Before Ronny Cedeno was activated to play the opening game of the Mets’ series against the Yankees, a corresponding roster move had to be made to open up a spot on the roster for the New York shortstop. According to Terry Collins, it was the “natural decision” to demote reliever Elvin Ramirez. Asked if he was concerned about carrying only six relievers for the time being, Collins felt that it wasn’t an issue thanks to the performance of his starting pitching.
The Mets have been fortunate to be getting solid pitching from all of their starting staff, as not only have R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana have been going deep into games, but so have Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee, and Chris Young. So, it makes sense for
Collins not to be worried about facing the Yankees with only six relievers in his bullpen. After all, they’re not playing in the bandbox that is Yankee Stadium this weekend.
Collins did cite that the organization has a trio of relievers that could be close to making an appearance in Flushing. Ramon Ramirez is currently on a rehab assignment, working back from the strained hamstring he suffered running in to congratulate Santana on his no-hitter June 1st. Along with that, Jenrry Mejia is progressing through his throwing program, while Pedro Beato is also “very close” to joining New York.
Even though he did struggle during his time in the big leagues, Collins said that rookie Elvin Ramirez just needs to be getting on the mound consistently again. He compiled an ERA of 9.00 during his first tour with the Mets, but he only threw 7 innings in his 5 appearances, and hasn’t pitched in a game since a June 15th appearance against Cincinnati. Once Ramon Ramirez, Beato, and Mejia are all ready to return, it will be interesting to see the roster moves the Mets plan on making. The only pitcher that will definitely get optioned back down to Triple-A is Jeremy Hefner.
Since they are carrying one less reliever than normal, not much shuffling will have to happen in the ‘pen, and it is most likely that Omar Quintanilla or Jordany Valdespin will also get optioned to Buffalo. Either way, both of these infielders will be back with the Bisons soon with the return of a reliever and then, hopefully, Ruben Tejada. We’ll see what happens when the time comes, but it should be an interesting set of moves for Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson to make.