The New York Mets announced a slew of moves on Friday before the team began their three-game series in San Diego. The Mets recalled reliever Jacob Rhame from the minors and optioned reliever Corey Oswalt to Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets also claimed left-handed relief pitcher Buddy Baumann off waivers from the San Diego Padres. To make room for Baumann on the 40-man roster, the Mets moved captain David Wright to the 60-day disabled list.
This is Rhame’s second stint with the major league club after making the Opening Day roster. He allowed three runs in three-and-two-thirds innings and recorded his first career save before being sent down to Las Vegas to make room for Brandon Nimmo on April 13. He has allowed four runs in four innings with the Las Vegas 51s.
Corey Oswalt made his major league debut on Wednesday night in relief of Steven Matz, who failed to make it out of the fourth inning, and was very impressive. Oswalt recorded the final 14 outs of the blowout loss to the St. Louis Cardinals and allowed two runs on two hits while striking out four Cardinals.
The Mets also picked up the 30-year-old Baumann, who will be sent to Triple-A and will provide the team with another left-handed relief option. Baumann made one appearance for the Padres in 2018, and it was not pretty. He was tagged for five runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks in one-third of an inning. In seventeen-and-two-thirds innings with the Padres last year, he allowed five runs on 11 hits and struck out 21. If the Mets decide to call Baumann up, he will be forced to serve a one-game suspension for his part in the Padres-Rockies brawl on April 11.
The Mets moving Wright to the 60-man disabled list should come as no surprise. Wright, the Mets’ all-time leader in a number of offensive categories, has appeared in just 75 games since the start of the 2015 season as the result of a spinal stenosis diagnosis. He sat out all last year after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder and lower back. Wright is hoping to return to the field in 2018.