The Mets have called up right-handed relief pitcher Chasen Bradford from and optioned right-handed starting pitcher Tyler Pill to Triple-A Las Vegas. The swap gives the Mets an extra relief pitcher for now, and the team will presumably figure out its starting rotation once there’s a vacant turn in it.
Bradford has not yet pitched in a major league game, but he has a 4.26 ERA in 31.2 innings out of the Vegas bullpen so far this year. He tends to keep his walk rates pretty low, but he’s not a high-strikeout pitcher, either. He fared better in the lower levels of the Mets’ organization but has had a 4-something ERA in Vegas each of the past three seasons, including this one.
In five appearances, three of which have been starts, Pill has a 5.00 ERA and 4.52 FIP over 18.0 innings of work. It wouldn’t be shocking to see him get more starts at some point this year, especially given the fact that Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey will remain on the disabled list for the foreseeable future and were recently joined there—perhaps only temporarily—by Zack Wheeler.