New York Mets News

Mets demote John Lannan to AAA, Recall Daisuke Matsuzaka

By Danny Abriano

Prior to Wednesday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks, the Mets demoted left-handed reliever John Lannan to Triple-A Las Vegas. To replace Lannan on the roster, the Mets recalled right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York noted that John Lannan can either report to Triple-A or elect to become a free agent.

Lannan, 29, posted a 15.75 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in just four innings of work out of the bullpen for the Mets. It was the first time in his major league career that he worked out of the pen.

Mar 24, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA;New York Mets starting pitcher

Daisuke Matsuzaka

(16) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

According to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, Matsuzaka will work out of the bullpen.

Matsuzaka will also serve as insurance in the event Bartolo Colon (back) or Jenrry Mejia (blister) are unable to make their next start. However, the Mets expect both Colon and Mejia to be able to go.

Matsuzaka, 33, had a solid spring training and was pitching well in a starting role in Triple-A.


The demotion of John Lannan was something you could see coming a mile away. He was miscast as a reliever from the start, didn’t provide value as a left-hander (since his splits are basically identical) and performed poorly.

Matsuzaka coming up makes sense in the short-term.

As Sandy Alderson said, while Matsuzaka will work out of the bullpen, he’ll also serve as insurance in the event the Mets need a spot-starter.

In the long-term, though, Matsuzaka being in the bullpen would seem to close the door on a potential promotion for Vic Black or Joel Carreno – unless another reliever falters or suffers an injury.

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