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Mets recall Chris Mazza, option Chris Flexen to Triple-A

The Mets are swapping arms in their bullpen.

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Prior to today’s series finale against the Atlanta Braves, the New York Mets made a move to swap Chrises in their bullpen. The team announced that they had called up right-hander Chris Mazza from Syracuse while optioning Chris Flexen to Triple-A.

The Mets brought Flexen up and DFA’ed Ruben Tejada on Thursday. In last night’s game, Flexen made his first major league appearance since June 30 after Edwin Diaz exited his outing with trap tightness in the ninth inning. Flexen recorded the final two outs but also surrendered a double to Francisco Cervelli which drove home Atlanta’s ninth run. In 13.2 innings with New York in 2019, Flexen owns a 6.59 ERA, a 5.56 FIP, and a 2.05 WHIP.

Mazza hasn’t appeared for the Mets since July 18, when he took the loss after giving up two runs in the 16th inning against the San Francisco Giants. After making his major league debut earlier this year, the 29-year-old right-hander has pitched four times for the Mets in 2019. In those outings, Mazza has a 5.19 ERA, a 3.56 FIP, and a 1.73 WHIP in 8.2 innings out of the bullpen.