In a freak accident that occurred before the Mets acquired left-handed reliever Eric O'Flaherty on Monday, left-handed relief pitcher Jerry Blevins broke his left forearm for the second time this season. Blevins reportedly slipped on a curb, re-injuring the arm that has kept him out of action since April 19. He is likely to undergo surgery and miss the rest of the season.
With Alex Torres designated for assignment and Jack Leathersich out for the season after having Tommy John surgery, the Mets' options for lefty relief down the stretch appear slim. O'Flaherty looked shaky in his first Mets appearance yesterday against the Marlins, giving up four earned runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning. The Mets have former Nationals first-round pick Josh Smoker in Double-A Binghamton, where he has put up a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings. Smoker has a 2.70 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 40 innings across three levels of minor league ball this season.
Early in the season, it looked like Blevins would be a more than reliable lefty-on-lefty option. He made seven appearances for the Mets this year and retired all of the fifteen batters he faced.