The New York Mets recalled right-handed reliever Tyler Bashlor from Double-A Binghamton on Monday. To make room on the 25-man roster, Chris Flexen was once again sent back to Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets needed to infuse some life into their bullpen following a surprise bullpen game that, naturally, went 11 innings. Jason Vargas was a late scratch after heading to the DL with a calf strain, necessitating Jerry Blevins to start in his stead against the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday. The Mets had to ultimately burned through seven pitchers, with Flexen getting the loss after giving up a solo home run to Justin Turner in the top of the 11th.
Bashlor, an 11th round pick for the Mets in 2013, is having a pretty solid first full season in Double-A. Over 24 innings, he has 30 strikeouts to 12 walks and a 2.63 ERA. He’s also given up two home runs. His first appearance will be his MLB debut.
Bashlor is also one of the few pitchers to have a full tattoo sleeve on his pitching arm, which may not be relevant for his performance but is a fun fact.
Flexen, who better be at least getting an extra hot towel with how many times he has gone back and forth to Las Vegas, has posted a 10.80 ERA over 3.1 innings in the majors this season. This is less of a fun fact.