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Logan Verrett optioned back to Triple-A

The relief pitcher was optioned to make room for Jonathon Niese

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Mets relief pitcher Logan Verrett was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday to make room on the 25-man roster for Jonathon Niese, who is returning from paternity leave after the birth of his son.

Verrett, because of his remaining options, has been the victim of most of the up-and-down between Triple-A and the majors this year because of various injuries and bullpen shuffling. The right-handed relief pitcher has an 0.73 ERA and an 0.649 WHIP in 12.1 innings this year. Despite a small sample size, disappointing seasons from both Carlos and Alex Torres should at least call into question whether Verrett deserves a more permanent spot in the bullpen.

Lost in the Rule 5 draft in December, Verrett was taken by the Baltimore Orioles, then placed on waivers only to be claimed by the Rangers. He struggled in Texas with a 6.00 ERA and 1.667 WHIP in nine innings, but has been dominant with the Mets so far. With what we've seen of the Torres Brothers so far, Verrett certainly is worth a longer look.