Following their loss to the Padres this afternoon, the Mets designated right-handed relief pitcher Buddy Carlyle for assignment to make room on the active roster for Jon Niese, who will be activated from the disabled list on Monday in advance of his start against the Seattle Mariners.
Called up by the Mets on July 6 to take Niese's place on the roster, Carlyle appeared just three times for the Mets over the last couple of weeks. He totaled two-and-two-thirds innings pitched, allowed one run, struck out four, and walked one. With his demotion and Niese's return, Daisuke Matsuzaka is slated to move back to the bullpen.
The Mets' rotation now consists of Niese, Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, Jacob deGrom, and Zack Wheeler. And the bullpen now includes Matsuzaka, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Vic Black, Carlos Torres, Josh Edgin, and Dana Eveland.
When healthy this year, Niese has been very good, posting a 2.96 ERA and 3.64 FIP in seventeen starts despite a strikeout rate a bit lower than his career norm. That ERA puts him just behind Gee's 2.92 and a bit ahead of deGrom's 3.18 for the best mark in the rotation.