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Scott Atchison likely to DL, Collin McHugh on standby

Atchison is likely headed to the disabled list due to elbow tenderness, with Collin McHugh his most likely replacement.

Marc Serota

After last night's 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, manager Terry Collins said that reliever Scott Atchison was feeling tenderness in his elbow and that he would need to see a doctor.

Today, it appears as if Atchison will be heading to the disabled list with his ailment. According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, Triple-A Las Vegas starter Collin McHugh would be his replacement.

Atchison, who gave up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday in yesterday's game, has been pitching with a tear in his elbow for years. The 37-year-old has been mostly ineffective with the Mets this season, pitching to a 4.50 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 18 innings, allowing 20 hits and six walks while recording only six strikeouts.

McHugh has been pitching very well in Triple-A this season, posting a 2.74 ERA in 49 innings with a 36/9 K/BB ratio and only two HRs allowed. He made his MLB debut last August 23 when he threw seven shutout innings against the Colorado Rockies with nine strikeouts, after which things went south for him.

It's unclear what kind of role McHugh would have on the roster, but our best guess is that he would function as a long man.