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Mets call up Jeurys Familia, demote Greg Burke

The Mets announced this afternoon that Jeurys Familia has been called back up to the majors and that Greg Burke has been sent down.


After last night's extra-inning debacle which saw the Mets use seven different relievers, the Mets have decided to make a roster move to help the worn out bullpen.

In a move first reported by Mike Puma of the NY Post, reliever Jeurys Familia has been called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

He made his only appearance in the majors this season during a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres back on April 4, in which he allowed a run on a hit and a walk in a third of an inning, after which he was optioned down.

The former starter has shown success at Las Vegas this season, pitching five scoreless innings, striking out four while allowing only five hits and a walk. It remains to be seen if that will translate to the majors. Familia has 10 walks in 12.2 major league innings.

In a corresponding roster move, side-armer Greg Burke has been optioned down. Burke has been a mixed bag this season. In addition to recording seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings, he also had a 7.36 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP—having been scored upon in five of his seven appearances.

It's not clear how long the Mets intend for Familia to be up, but they clearly needed a fresh bullpen arm.

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