The Mets have placed a revocable waiver claim for Padres pitcher Marc Rzepczynski in an attempt to add help to their beleaguered bullpen. The two teams have a limited amount of time to work out a deal, but how long they have isn't known yet.
Rzepczynski, who turns 30 today and has split time with the Padres and Indians this year, has a combined record of 2-3 and a 4.88 ERA with the two clubs. In 27.2 innings, he has allowed fifteen runs (ten earned) while walking twelve, striking out 33, and allowing just one home run. Left-handed batters have hit just .257 off of him and have struck out 24 times; for his career, he has held lefties to a .213 average.
The Mets have been in need of bullpen help. With Bobby Parnell on the disabled list, Vic Black still down in Triple-A, and Jenrry Mejia suspended, their deck of relievers has been shorthanded. They haven't gotten much help from Eric O'Flaherty (15.00 ERA) and have been forced to stretch Carlos Torres, who pitched three innings against Philadelphia on Thursday but struggled when called upon once more last night against the Red Sox. A bright spot has been Hansel Robles, who had allowed just one hit in his last four appearances before giving up a seventh-inning home run to Mookie Betts on Saturday.