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Mets recall Corey Oswalt, option Tim Peterson to Triple-A

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Oswalt will wear uniform #55, the same number he wore during his big league stint last season.

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Ahead of tonight’s game, the Mets have announced that they have recalled Corey Oswalt from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned Tim Peterson.

Peterson was able to win a job as the last man out of the bullpen on the back of his strong spring training performance, beating out Hector Santiago, Kyle Dowdy, Ryan O’Rourke, and Tyler Bashlor, among others. However, with the Mets not getting very much length from their starting pitching, the bullpen has been taxed early, so it is not a surprise that they are calling for reinforcements. Over four innings of work this season, Peterson gave up four hits and two runs, walking six batters and striking out two.

Oswalt also had himself a solid spring, albeit in limited appearances. He gave up four hits and one run in 5 13 innings of Grapefruit League play, striking out seven and walking none. He logged some big league innings with the Mets last season, pitching to a 5.85 ERA and a 5.70 FIP over 64 23 innings of work. Oswalt made twelve starts and also appeared in five games out of the bullpen. He was more effective as a starter, posting a 4.72 ERA in that role versus a 12.54 ERA as a reliever, although the sample size for the latter number is only 9 13 innings. He has made just one start in Triple-A Syracuse this season. He tossed 5 23 innings and gave up three runs on four hits, striking out five batters and walking one.

Oswalt is likely next in line for a rotation spot, should one of the Mets’ starting pitchers get injured or perhaps if Jason Vargas continues to be historically ineffective. For now, having him as a fresh arm and long relief option is probably a shrewd move if the Mets’ starting pitchers continue to struggle to go deep into games, and the Mets certainly hope that he will be more effective out of the bullpen this season than he was in 2018.