Jul 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Dana Eveland (61) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Dana Eveland out until at least Friday due to elbow

Dana Eveland received a cortisone shot in his left (pitching) elbow, and will be out until at least Friday. According to Eveland, the shot was due to ‘tennis elbow’ and his plan is to test it during a bullpen session on Friday.

The Mets aren’t planning to place Eveland on the disabled list, but that will likely change if he isn’t deemed ready after his expected bullpen session on Friday.

Thoughts:

With the Mets off on Thursday and Jacob deGrom set to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, perhaps the club will shift Rafael Montero to the bullpen early – offsetting the three day (minimum) absence of Eveland.

However, a shrewd thing for the Mets to do would be the following:

  • Shift Rafael Montero to the bullpen.
  • Place Dana Eveland on the 15-day disabled list, with the plan to add him back to the roster when they expand on September 1.
  • Promote Noah Syndergaard from Triple-A Las Vegas and insert him into the starting rotation. Syndergaard is listed as Friday’s starter for Las Vegas, and could be pushed back to start for the Mets on Sunday – with the starter still undecided.
  • When Jacob deGrom returns on Saturday, place the struggling Dillon Gee on the disabled list, with the plan to add him back to the roster when they expand on September 1.

If the Mets do the above, their rotation would consist of Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon, and Jon Niese beginning this weekend.

The time is now for the Mets to call up Syndergaard, and they have the perfect circumstances to do it.

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