The New York Mets made a host of roster moves today to try and infuse some energy in the bullpen.
Buddy Baumann, a left-hander the Mets acquired off of waivers from the San Diego Padres in the end of April, was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. He made one appearance with the Mets, entering in the eighth inning of a 9-0 game against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 16. After recording five outs, he gave up a three-run home run to Richard Urena. He has a 2.45 ERA over 7.1 innings with Las Vegas.
The Mets also purchased the contract of Tim Peterson from Las Vegas. The 27-year-old right handed reliever was drafted in the 20th round in 2012 by the Mets. He has a 3.58 ERA with 40 strikeouts over 27.2 innings with Las Vegas this season.
Scott Copeland, a lefty reliever, also had his contract purchased from Double-A Binghamton. Copeland, 30, last appeared in a major league game with the Blue Jays in 2015, when he made three starts and five total appearances to the tune of a 6.46 ERA and just six strikeouts. The Mets picked him up this season and across two levels he has a 3.81 ERA and 21 strikeouts in five starts.
In order to make room on the 25-man roster for Peterson and Copeland, reliever Jacob Rhame and utility infielder Phillip Evans were sent back down. Rhame helped cough up last night’s 6-3 lead against the Atlanta Braves, giving up three runs that tied the game in the eighth. Evans pinch hit for Paul Sewald last night in the sixth inning, striking out.
The Mets also needed to open up two spots on the 40-man roster—Baumann is already on it—and did so by designating starting pitcher P.J. Conlon for assignment and transferring center fielder Juan Lagares to the 60-day DL.
Conlon started the second game of the doubleheader against the Braves on May 28, allowing four runs over two innings.
Lagares, who tore a ligament in his toe on May 17 and was subsequently placed on the 10-day DL, was already expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Also notable in all these moves: Steven Matz, who left last night’s game with discomfort in the middle finger of his left hand following a swing at the plate, will avoid the disabled list.