Prior to the Mets’ home opener, the team has announced a roster move that shakes up the bullpen slightly. Trevor Hildenberger has been added to the active roster in place of Dellin Betances, who is being placed on the 10-day IL with what the team is classifying as a right shoulder impingement.
The 30-year-old Hildenberger, a righty reliever who’s previously pitched in the big leagues for three seasons with the Twins, was signed to a minor league contract over the winter. He pitched fairly well in limited spring training action—allowing one run in 3.1 innings pitched with two walks and nine strikeouts—but failed to make the team out of camp. Now he will get an opportunity to provide support to a Mets bullpen that struggled mightily in the first series of the season. Hildenberger was added to the 40-man roster, which had one open slot following the transfer of Jose Martinez to the 60-day IL.
While good news for Hildenberger, the move comes as a blow to Betances, who has struggled mightily with his velocity since the early days of spring training. The former relief ace made his season debut yesterday and struggled with his control, giving up a walk and a hit-by-pitch that led to a run scoring. He and the Mets will now hope that some time on the shelf will help him to eventually regain some of his former dominance.