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Mets Call Up Jeremy Hefner, Send Down Jordany Valdespin

Hefner is his big league debut.
Hefner is his big league debut.

The Mets have called up Jeremy Hefner from Buffalo and demoted Jordany Valdespin to make room on the 25-man roster. Valdespin is still with the team, however, so it appears that Hefner has been recalled to give the Mets another arm in the bullpen after Jon Niese only pitched three innings last night. The team is also in the midst of a long stretch of games without an off day.

In seven starts with Buffalo, Hefner has a 2.72 ERA. He's only struck out 13.7% of opposing hitters (4.9 K/9), but he's kept the walks to an absolute minimum of 4.4% (1.6 BB/9). The 26-year-old right-handed pitcher made his first big league appearance with the Mets in a similar situation on April 23. He threw three scoreless innings in relief with no strikeouts and one walk.

Valdespin's playing time has been very limited in his time with the Mets, but he's hit just .100/.143/.250 and has not looked good in the field at shortstop. For now, at least, it's Valdespin – not Manny Acosta – making room for the Mets' latest call-up.