The Mets announced this morning that Miguel Batista has been designated for assignment. The 41-year-old made thirty appearances for the Mets, five of which were starts, and he struggled in both roles. In total, Batista posted a 4.82 ERA, 5.06 FIP, and 5.08 xFIP. He struggled mightily with the strike zone, walking 5.98 opponents per nine innings, and his 6.56 strikeouts per nine were not nearly enough to compensate for the control problem.
Last night, the Mets announced that right-handed relief pitcher Elvin Ramirez would join the team today, and Batista's assignment clears a roster spot for him.
With Batista out and Ramirez in, the Mets are down to four starting pitchers, who will start in the following order this week: Jon Niese, Chris Young, R.A. Dickey, and Jeremy Hefner. The Mets have not made a decision about Thursday's starter, but Matt Harvey, who struggled last night in Buffalo, and Collin McHugh, who has not mastered Triple-A yet, are two internal options.