The New York Mets have recalled Drew Smith and optioned Corey Oswalt back to Triple-A. The team also officially activated left fielder Yoenis Cespedes from the disabled list and sent Dominic Smith down to Las Vegas ahead of tonight’s game against the New York Yankees.
Drew Smith will rejoin the team’s bullpen after appearing in three games in June. In those outings, he allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out two and walking one batter. His most recent appearance came against the Miami Marlins on June 29, though he remained on the roster until he was sent back to Triple-A on July 8. In 37 innings split between Binghamton and Las Vegas, Smith has posted a 2.68 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP with 36 strikeouts.
Oswalt followed two rough outings against the Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays with two very encouraging starts. He allowed three runs on just one hit — an Aaron Nola bases-clearing double — in six innings on July 9 against the Philadelphia Phillies and allowed one run on two hits in five innings against the Washington Nationals on July 15. In 22 and one-third innings with the Mets this season, he’s posted a 5.64 ERA, a 5.07 FIP, and a 0.99 WHIP.
With Jason Vargas expected to return from the disabled list to start on Tuesday, Oswalt’s time in the rotation was numbered. He will return to Las Vegas, where he had a 5.32 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 10 Triple-A starts.