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Mets option Hansel Robles to Las Vegas, call up Chris Flexen

The team’s bullpen had to do a lot of work last night after Jason Vargas got shelled.

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The New York Mets have optioned Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas and have called up Chris Flexen to take his place.

Robles has a 5.03 ERA, 7.06 FIP, and 1.58 WHIP through 19.2 innings pitched in the big leagues this season. He has also given up a startling seven home runs in that short span, which is good for the fourth-most on the team and trails only starting pitchers Steven Matz, Jason Vargas, and Zack Wheeler. Robles has been back and forth between the majors and Triple-A this year and spent some time on the disabled list, as well.

Flexen spent about two weeks with the the Mets earlier in the season and made just one appearance. He went two innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits, although only three of them were earned. In Triple-A Flexen, where he’s been used primarily as a starter, he has gone 4-6 with a 5.43 ERA and 1.77 WHIP in 58 innings pitched.