The Mets have called up Corey Oswalt from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned young flamethrower Gerson Bautista back down to Double-A Binghamton. Oswalt was first called up to the big leagues on April 10 at the expense of Brandon Nimmo.
Oswalt had been called up in case the Mets needed to use an extra arm in the bullpen for the game before Zack Wheeler’s first start of the season the following night. Oswalt warmed up, but he was not used in the game. The Mets sent him back down to Triple-A for Wheeler the following day, but he’ll look to stick around for longer than just one game this time. Oswalt can provide extra length in the pen, especially since Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, and Paul Sewald have all made multiple-inning appearances recently.
Oswalt has started two games for the 51s this season, going nine innings with 12 strikeouts, four walks, a 3.00 ERA, and a 1.11 WHIP. Bautista made two appearances for the Mets, pitching a solid ninth-inning against the Washington Nationals in a 5-2 loss on Tuesday and a not-so-great 1 1⁄3 innings on Thursday in Atlanta, as he surrendered three walks in his outing against the Braves.