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Bartolo Colon placed on bereavement list, Gonzalez Germen recalled

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Colon, who is currently on the bereavement list while visiting his critically ill mother, was scratched from his start today.

Dilip Vishwanat

The Mets will recall Gonzalez Germen to replace Bartolo Colon, who has been placed on the bereavement list while visiting his mother in the Dominican Republic. As reported earlier, Colon's mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, and is currently in critical condition.

Germen has not fared well so far this season in the major leagues, striking out a respectable 8.89 batters per nine innings, but walking nearly four batters per nine and, more alarmingly, giving up two home runs per nine as well, leading to an ugly 4.78 ERA and 5.37 FIP. In his past 10 games with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, his numbers have looked similar, striking out eleven and walking five while collecting five saves, although he has done a good job keeping the ball in the park during that stretch. It is likely that Germen will only be with the major league club briefly until Colon returns to the team.