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Mets option Gonzalez Germen to Las Vegas to clear spot for Dillon Gee's return

The 26-year-old relief pitcher started the season strong but struggled in his recent appearances.

Dilip Vishwanat

Following their second straight win over the Atlanta Braves, the Mets optioned right-handed relief pitcher Gonzalez Germen to Triple-A Las Vegas in preparation for Dillon Gee's return from the disabled list on Wednesday. The 26-year-old made his major league debut last year.

Germen started the 2014 season strong, posting a 0.87 ERA with 10 strikeouts and 2 walks in 10.1 innings in his first seven appearances, but he's been up and down ever since. Most recently, Germen allowed at least one run in four of his last seven appearances.

As a result of Germen's demotion to Vegas, fellow right-handed relief pitcher Buddy Carlyle will remain with the Mets after joining the team earlier this week as an extra bullpen arm following the Mets' placement of Jon Niese on the disabled list. Before this year, Carlyle last appeared in the big leagues in 2011, but the 36-year-old made a couple of appearances earlier this year for the Mets.