Yesterday, the New York Mets announced that they were placing starter Zack Wheeler on the injured list with shoulder fatigue. Today, the club announced the corresponding move, recalling reliever Jacob Rhame from Triple-A to take Wheeler’s spot on the 25-man roster.
With Rhame resurfacing at the big league level, he will be forced to answer to a two-game suspension that he received for “intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head” of Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins. The incident in question took place in the ninth inning of the team’s April 23 win and came after the Phillies’ starting pitcher hit Todd Frazier earlier in the game. Rhame entered again the following night and served up a two-run home run to Hoskins in the ninth.
The suspension was levied by Major League Baseball after a review of the incident. Despite the ruling, Rhame is available to pitch for the team tonight, since Rhame appealed the suspension. He will remain active until MLB hears the appeal, or until he drops it. In three appearances for the Mets this season, Rhame owns an 8.10 ERA, a 10.41 FIP, and a 2.40 WHIP, with five walks and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings. In 16 appearances for the Syracuse Mets, Rhame has pitched to a 5.94 ERA, a 3.78 FIP, and a 1.38 WHIP in 16.2 innings.
With Rhame’s return, the team has now listed Jason Vargas as the Wednesday afternoon starter. Vargas will be on regular rest after pitching on Friday night and taking the loss against the Miami Marlins.