Apr 16, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets pitcher Scott Rice against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mets activate Gonzalez Germen from DL, option Scott Rice to Triple-A Las Vegas

The Mets announced Tuesday night that they had activated reliever Gonzalez Germen from the 15-day disabled list.

To make room for Germen on the 25-man roster, Scott Rice was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

In 32 appearances spanning 13.2 innings, the 32-year-old Rice – who was primarily used against lefties – posted a 5.93 ERA, 1.98 WHIP.

Germen, 26, hasn’t appeared in a game for the Mets since being placed on the disabled list after his appearance on May 5.

Germen was initially placed on the disabled list with a virus, but also dealt with an abscess.

Thoughts:

With lefty Josh Edgin in the bullpen and performing well, it’s not surprising that the Mets chose to demote Rice.

However, while lefty Dana Eveland is in the bullpen, he fares better against righties than he does against lefties – making him someone who would be miscast if used as a lefty specialist.

If the Mets intend to not overuse Josh Edgin and not misuse Dana Eveland, it would make sense for them to make another move: swap Dana Eveland out, and bring Jack Leathersich in.

Leathersich, a 23-year-old lefty, has had reverse platoon splits throughout his career, but some argue that the sample size on Leathersich is too small to draw conclusions from.

While pitching out of the bullpen for Double-A Binghamton in 2014, Leathersich has struck out 16.41 per 9 while posting a 2.73 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.

The Mets know Eveland isn’t successful against left-handed hitters. Leathersich may be. Now would be a good time to find out.

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