Before tonight’s game with the Blue Jays, the Mets made a number of roster moves. Pitcher Stephen Nogosek, called up last week during the Mets’s series with the Cardinals, is being placed on the 10-day Injured List with a sore shoulder. In his place, the Mets are calling up right-handed utility player Brandon Drury for his second tour of duty with the team this season.
The Mets also transferred David Peterson to the 60 Day IL after he fractured his foot walking; according to manager Luis Rojas, he didn’t stub it or step on anything, but rather was just a freak fracture. He will require surgery, and any timetable for his return was ‘thrown out the window’ according to Rojas. He was quick to note that these things can heal quickly, however.
Rojas also said that Jeff McNeil, who sat out yesterday’s and today’s games due to ‘left leg fatigue,’ is not a candidate for the IL. Jacob deGrom is still playing catch and has not yet begun to throw off a mound on his way back from forearm inflammation and may now require a rehab start ahead of rejoining the club.
Carlos Carrasco is set to make his second rehab start tomorrow, and so will not be a candidate to pitch in either Monday’s double-header or Tuesday’s night game against the Braves, both of which do not have an assigned starter yet. The newly acquired Rich Hill will start tomorrow for the Mets, and Marcus Stroman will pitch one of the two games on Monday.
Nick Tropeano, who was called up earlier this week, will be optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Hill on the roster.
And, finally, the Mets traded for Mark Payton, an outfielder from the Cincinnati Reds, and assigned him to Triple-A Syracuse. Payton, a 29-year old with 32 major league games under his belt, was drafted by Minnesota and Cleveland but did not sign, before being drafted by the Yankees in the seventh round of the 2014 Draft. After being claimed in the Rule 5 Draft by Oakland in 2018 and by Cincinnati in the 2019 Rule 5 draft, he did not make the majors until 2020. The Mets sent $75,000 to the Reds to complete this trade.