The Mets went through their entire bullpen on Friday night during their 14 inning loss in Philadelphia, and will be calling on a reinforcement for Saturday.
May 29, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (center) walks off the field with his teammates after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
After the game, the club announced that they were promoting RHP Buddy Carlyle from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Carlyle, 36, was pitching well for Las Vegas, but hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2011.
In his major league career, Caryle has posted a 5.58 ERA and 1.45 WHIP.
Carlyle is not on the 40-man roster.
By itself, calling up a journeyman reliever with a career ERA in the mid-5’s who hasn’t pitched since 2011 isn’t a big deal.
The team can use him as they please and DFA him when they so choose.
In that scenario, Daisuke Matsuzaka would enter the rotation in Montero’s place.
It’s possible the Mets would call Montero back up quickly, but they can avoid Montero becoming Super Two eligible if they keep him in the minors for a month or so.
Montero hasn’t exactly distinguished himself, but he showed flashes during his previous start, striking out 10.
It should be Dillon Gee‘s return or Noah Syndergaard‘s debut that leads to Montero losing his start in the rotation and/or being demoted, not the need to clear room for Buddy Carlyle while sliding Matsuzaka into the rotation.