NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: D.J. Carrasco #77 of the New York Mets looks on as Rickie Weeks #23 of the Milwaukee Brewers rounds the bases after hitting a seventh-inning homerun at CitiField on May 15, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Brewers defeated the Mets 8-0. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Following Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Reds, the Mets announced that they have designated beleaguered reliever D.J. Carrasco for assignment following a couple of rough games — not to mention a woeful year in 2011 — at Citi Field. Carrasco was given a two-year deal after Sandy Alderson took over the team eighteen months ago, but he's been mostly terrible in a Mets uniform.
On Tuesday night, Carrasco surrendered a home run to Rickie Weeks and was promptly ejected from the game when he plunked Ryan Braun, the very next batter. On Wednesday, Carrasco entered the game in the eighth inning with two runners on, two outs, and the Mets down one run. He proceeded to serve up a three-run home run to Todd Frazier.
Adam Rubin has the following quote from Carrasco:
"It was pretty self-explanatory. I would have done the same thing if I was GM."
To take Carrasco's spot on the 25-man roster, the Mets have called up LHP Robert Carson from Double-A Binghamton. Carson's 13 strikeouts and 4 walks in 14.2 innings with Binghamton this year look good but are not in line with his career numbers in the minors. This is, however, the first year in which he was exclusively been a relief pitcher. Carson started in all but two of his 77 appearances over the past three seasons.