Mets: Roller-coaster ride brings PJ Conlon back to Queens
By Richard Heaton
It had been quite an entertaining week for the Mets and P.J. Conlon, who are reunited. The week was full of DFA’s, claims, and general confusion.
Yesterday, P.J. Conlon was claimed from the Dodgers by the New York Mets and safely returned to Queens, where he belongs.
If you didn’t even know that Conlon was gone, you wouldn’t be at fault. This is because the last week has been a confusing mess in regards to figuring out where Conlon belongs.
Conlon made his second start for the Metson May 28th. It didn’t exactly go as planned and on May 30th the team designated him for assignment and Scott Copeland took his spot.
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The very next day, Copeland made his first appearance for them. It was a good outing, as he gave up just one hit over 1.1 scoreless innings.
Nonetheless, the day after his outing, Copeland was DFA’d to make room for Jose Lobaton, who was DFA’s by the Mets just two weeks earlier.
At this point, the Mets were a confused mess of DFA’s. They DFA’d Conlon to bring in someone who they DFA two days later in favor of someone they DFA’d two weeks ago.
The day after Copeland was DFA’d, the Dodgers claimed Conlon and sent him to their Triple A team. Conlon, who was drafted by the Mets in 2015, thanked the team for his time with them.
But it all changed again just four days later when the team claimed Conlon back from the Dodgers. To make room for Conlon, they DFA’d Phillip Evans.
The team has already optioned Evans to Las vegas twice in the past 3 weeks. The first time they optioned him was on May 22nd. This was the day they signed Jose Bautista. The second time was on May 30th, the day they DFA’d Conlon.
Conlon is aware of the “joke” revolving around his confusing ride and posted a tweet that edited out his original thank you tweet to the Mets into a new thank you tweet for the four days he was on the Dodgers.
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If this doesn’t make your brain hurt, it’s really just a glimpse into what kinds of messes the Mets have been getting themselves into so far this season. For all we know, claiming Conlon back might just another step in a long series of confusion for him and other players.