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Mets release Buddy Carlyle, assign four to minor leagues

The Mets sent four position players to minor league camp yesterday.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In their latest round of spring training cuts yesterday, the Mets released veteran reliever Buddy Carlyle and assigned Danny Muno, T.J. Rivera, Ty Kelly, and Roger Bernadina to minor league camp. With New York’s Opening Day roster taking shape, the cuts come as little surprise, but they don’t bode well for Carlyle’s future with the team.

The 38-year-old made eleven appearances last season before hip surgery ended his season. In spring training this year, he allowed six earned runs in 6.2 innings. Back in 2014, his first season in the big leagues since 2011, Carlyle had a 1.45 ERA in 31 innings with the Mets.

With Carlyle out, Jim Henderson, Erik Goeddel, Sean Gilmartin, and Logan Verrett will compete for the final two bullpen spots on the Mets' Opening Day roster. Henderson retired both batters he faced in Friday’s matchup against the Cardinals.

As for the position players, none of the players sent to minor league camp seemed to have much of a chance of making the Mets' Opening Day roster. But it wouldn't be surprising if any of those players got some major league at-bats with the Mets this year.