The New York Mets have made a slew of roster moves ahead of today’s single-admission doubleheader. The team has named Jacob Rhame as the 26th man for the two games and have recalled P.J. Conlon and Ty Kelly from Triple-A. To make room on the roster, the Mets have placed third baseman Todd Frazier on the 10-day disabled list with a left rib cage strain and optioned Chris Flexen back to Las Vegas.
The Frazier news comes as a bit of a surprise, but Mickey Callaway noted that he sustained the injury in his at-bats during yesterday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Frazier had been struggling prior to the injury, collecting just 20 hits in his previous 100 at-bats. On the season, he is hitting .217/.300/.385 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI to go along with an 89 wRC+ and a 0.9 fWAR. This is Frazier’s second stint on the disabled list in 2018, after spending almost a month on the shelf with a strained left hamstring.
Kelly, who has yet to have a big-league at-bat in 2018, is hitting .272/.352/.453 in Las Vegas with seven home runs and 38 RBI on the season. He was called up on June 12 and spent three days with the club before returning to Triple-A. Jose Reyes is in the lineup for the first game doubleheader and will split time at third with Kelly and Wilmer Flores, according to the manager.
On the pitching side of things, this is Rhame’s fifth stint with the Mets in 2018. He has struggled for most of that time, tossing 13-and-one-third innings and allowing ten earned runs and 16 hits, including four home runs. He currently owns a 6.57 FIP and a 1.50 WHIP. In 26-and-one-third innings in Triple-A, he owns a 3.76 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Rhame will be available out of the pen for both games of the doubleheader.
The team has also recalled Conlon to take Flexen’s spot on the roster. Conlon has made two starts for the Mets in 2018, going three-and-two-thirds innings and two innings, respectively, in the outings. He has allowed seven earned runs on 12 hits while pitching to an 8.06 FIP and a 2.47 WHIP at the major league level. In Las Vegas, he owns a 6.39 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in 69 innings pitched.