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Mets place Jerry Blevins on bereavement list, recall Paul Sewald

Sewald rejoins the Mets bullpen, at least temporarily.

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The New York Mets have placed Jerry Blevins on the bereavement list following the passing of his grandmother. To take his spot in the bullpen, the team has recalled reliever Paul Sewald.

This is Sewald’s third stint with the major league club in 2018. In 39 innings with the team this season, he has a 4.85 ERA, a 4.08 FIP, and a 1.26 WHIP. He had a particularly rough month of June, allowing eight runs in eight-and-one-third innings before being sent down to Triple-A on June 21. In five innings for the Las Vegas 51s, he has a 1.80 ERA—one earned run in five innings—with six strikeouts.

After pitching very well out of the Mets’ bullpen in 2016 and 2017, Blevins has struggled this year. He has a 4.79 ERA and 5.14 FIP in 20.2 innings over the course of 35 appearances, and he’s given up 1.31 home runs per nine innings, a significant increase from his home run rate over those two good seasons.