Ahead of today’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Mets have called up Jerad Eickhoff to possibly eat up some innings behind opener Aaron Loup. To make room on the roster, the team optioned Nick Tropeano to Triple-A while also designating reliever Stephen Tarpley for assignment. Geoff Hartlieb, whom the club recently claimed and was serving as the 27th man for yesterday’s doubleheader, has also returned to Syracuse.
Eickhoff was called up by the Mets on June 20 and made a couple of starts for them. The first went reasonably well, as he shut out the Atlanta Braves over four three-hit innings with three walks and three strikeouts in the first game of the June 21 doubleheader. The second one wasn’t quite as good, as he was roughed up for five earned runs on eight hits over six innings on June 28 against the Washington Nationals.
The right-hander was designated for assignment the following day, but eventually found his way back to the organization on a minor league deal. Because he was dropped from the 40-man roster after being DFA’ed, the Mets had to make room by DFA’ing Tarpley, who allowed two runs on one hit with two walks without recording an out in his lone appearance for New York. Tropeano, who was charged with one run on four hits and one walk over two innings in Friday night’s win, will head back to Triple-A.
With Loup starting, the Mets are going with a full bullpen game on the day before the All Star break. Jacob deGrom confirmed that he will not see any action in this one after going through his usual in-between start routine today. Aside from Seth Lugo, who went two innings yesterday, most, if not all, remaining relievers should be available for this game.