The Mets announced this afternoon that AJ Ramos is experiencing biceps tendinitis and is considered day-to-day. Ramos last pitched on Friday, September 22 in a save situation, but he was only able to retire one of the three Nationals batters he faced. After allowing a hit and a walk, Ramos was pulled for Josh Smoker, who combined with Jeurys Familia to lock down the 7-6 win. Ramos’s velocity was down, though not alarmingly so.
Since being acquired from the Marlins, Ramos has a 5.00 ERA and a 4.76 FIP over 18 innings, while converting seven of eight save opportunities. For his career, the 31-year-old has a 2.89 ERA over 345.1 innings. He is arbitration eligible for a final time this offseason and will receive a raise from his current $6.55 million salary. As things stand, Ramos projects to enter 2018 as the team’s primary setup man, though the Mets could look to improve their bullpen this offseason.
Ramos isn’t the only Mets pitcher to experience arm issues recently. Tommy Milone underwent an MRI today after experiencing elbow discomfort. He will be examined again on Thursday, and it would not be surprising to see him shut down for the season.