New York Mets roster undergoes big changes due to injuries
By Chris Rocco
Following several untimely injuries and a bullpen implosion, the New York Mets have decided to call up some players from the minors.
On Wednesday, the New York Mets announced that they have called up relief pitcher Tim Peterson, starting pitcher Scott Copeland, and re-called lefty relief pitcher Buddy Baumann. These moves come just hours after Noah Syndergaard and A.J. Ramos were placed on the disabled list.
Peterson, a former 20th round pick in 2012, appeared in 22 games for Las Vegas this season. He has an ERA of 3.58 and a WHIP of 0.940. Peterson will look to provide some much-needed bullpen depth and will join the team in Atlanta for the series finale.
In regards to Copeland, this will be his first stint with the major league Mets, but he has been in the major leagues before. In 2015, Copeland started two games for the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA. Following the 2015 season, Copeland signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins, then signed with the Mets in April.
It is unclear whether Copeland will provide relief out of the bullpen, or act as a spot starter.
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In addition to calling up Peterson and Copeland, the team will be recalling LH reliever Bauman from Triple-A. Baumann will be rejoining the club after short stints in April and May, owning an ERA of 13.50 in the majors this year.
Obviously, whenever moves are made, there have to be corresponding moves. To make room, they optioned INF Phillip Evans and RHP Jacob Rhame to Triple-A, transferred Juan Lagares to the 60-day DL, and DFA’d RHP P.J. Conlon.
This team suffered another blow to their pitching staff last night when Steven Matz exited the game the Braves after just 3.0 IP due to “discomfort in the middle finger of his pitching hand.
The initial x-ray came back negative, and further tests were done today.
They concluded that he has a strained middle finger. They hope to have him make his next scheduled start.
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Regardless of Matz’s diagnosis, the Mets wanted to give their pitching staff some relief following a very tumultuous week, to say the least.