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NY Mets reliever Jeff Brigham is one of the last healthy arms they have

The Mets have a lot of injured pitchers. Edwin Diaz and Bryce Montes de Oca are out for the year. They’re also without Sam Coonrod, Elieser Hernandez, and Stephen Ridings. Jeff Brigham is one of the last remaining healthy arms they have available with a real shot to eat up some major innings this year. The troubling part is how the major league roster is structured.

Only Drew Smith and John Curtiss have minor league options. We can consider them ahead of Stephen Nogosek and Dennis Santana on the depth chart which puts the Mets in a bit of a bind to promote someone for a fresher arm. A quick guess: Curtiss would be the one demoted temporarily if the Mets ever did exhaust themselves.

Injuries to relievers are all too frequent and it’s Brigham we should expect to get the next phone call for a promotion when someone does land on the IL. Acquired alongside Hernandez this offseason in a trade with the Miami Marlins, he’s a veteran arm that’s great to have but you hope you don’t need him too much.

For even a day or possibly a little longer, Brigham should find his way to Queens or some other city where the Mets have a game scheduled.

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