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Mets: Hansel Robles recalled, Chasen Bradford optioned

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Hansel Robles
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Hansel Robles
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Following Sunday’s loss, the Mets announced they have recalled Hansel Robles and optioned Chasen Bradford back to Las Vegas

The New York Mets announced a bullpen move after Sunday’s loss against Colorado. Hansel Robles has been recalled from AAA Las Vegas and Chasen Bradford was optioned in the corresponding move. Robles has been with the 51s since being optioned in late May.

After a rugged start upon his demotion, Robles has picked up his play of late. In 18 games with Las Vegas, Robles recorded four saves. He allowed 27 hits and 15 earned runs over 23.1 innings for a 5.79 ERA. He allowed four homers in his first 10 appearances and opponents hit .287 off the 26-year old.

That followed a month of May which erased a solid start to the season for Robles who figured to be a prominent part of the late inning plan for the Mets this season. Robles pitched to a 15.43 ERA in eight games. Opponents hit .438 and slugged .969 against him in that stretch. His strikeout numbers also took a dip.

If recent results suggest anything then maybe Robles’ confidence is back. His last six appearances with Las Vegas show a trend back in the right direction. He gave up just two hits and two walks in that span, which stretched across 6.2 innings.

Bradford got his first taste of the big leagues when he was called up on June 22. The former 35th round pick out of Central Florida appeared in five games and gave up five earned runs in six innings. Bradford pitched two innings and surrendered two runs when Charlie Blackmon homered off him in the seventh inning of the Mets’ 13-4 loss.

The Mets haven’t had many constants in their bullpen this season. A lightning fast start to a series against the Rockies gave way to more Sunday blues. However, Robles has shown at times he can be a viable arm in late inning situations, which would take some pressure off Jerry Blevins and Addison Reed.

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New York will begin a new series on Monday and continue their homestand when they welcome in St. Louis for a four-game series.

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