June 8, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Elvin Ramirez (62) pitches against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 9-1. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
The Mets will recall right-handed relief pitcher Elvin Ramirez from the Buffalo Bisons in time for Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Dodgers. The team has not yet announced a corresponding roster move.
Ramirez had a brief stint with the Mets earlier this season, and it did not go well. In 7 innings of work over 5 appearances, Ramirez put up a 9.00 ERA and had an incredible struggle with the strike zone with a 10.3 BB/9. Control has always been a problem for Ramirez, but he began the year in Double-A Binghamton and dominated to the tune of a 1.38 ERA in 13.0 innings there. He has thrown 27.2 innings for Buffalo before and after his time with the Mets, and he has a 2.28 ERA in Triple-A.
The Mets will have to remove a player from the active roster, and they have a few options. Miguel Batista looks like the best choice after his horrible start this afternoon, but Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been awful at the plate for most of the season. Of course, there's always the chance that the Mets will realize Justin Turner does not have much of a role with the team and cut ties, but I wouldn't put my money on that move.