The New York Mets made multiple roster moves today, calling up pitcher Chris Flexen and catcher Tomas Nido to take the place of pitcher Buddy Baumann and catcher Jose Lobaton.
Baumann will be optioned back down to Triple-A Las Vegas after his second trip to the majors where he appeared in only one game. He went only two innings and gave up three earned runs as the Mets fell to the Blue Jays 12-1. Lobaton had a much larger role with the club, playing in 18 games and hitting just .152 over 46 at-bats. The veteran was forced into a starting role after both Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki went down with injury. However since the acquisition of Devin Mesoraco, he has seen a great reduction in playing time.
Flexen spent about two months with the big league club last season as both a starter and a reliever, appearing in 14 games and pitching to a 7.88 ERA over 48 innings. The Mets are obviously hoping that he can take a step forward in his second stint in the majors and replicate some of the success that he has had in Triple-A this season where he has pitched to a 3.40 ERA over 39.2 innings.
As for Nido, this his his second trip to the majors this season and he did not spend much time in Las Vegas, as he was with the Mets until just ten days ago. After platooning with Lobaton before he was sent down, he will most likely have more of a backup role this time around. Nido will also be looking to make more of an impression than he did previously where he struggled, hitting just .135/.179/.162 over 37 at-bats.
Nido and Flexen will both be available to play tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks.