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Mets call up Robert Stock, place Corey Oswalt on injured list

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The Mets are operating at the margins of their roster when it comes to starting pitching.

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While they haven’t done any day trading, the Mets have made an exchange on their roster, placing right-handed pitcher Corey Oswalt on the injured list and recalling fellow right-handed pitcher Robert Stock to take his place on the roster. The team is planning to use Stock as its starting pitcher tomorrow night against the Brewers and is presumably hoping he can rally the rotation in the process.

The 31-year-old Stock was never a blue chip prospect, but he made his big league debut with the Padres in 2018. The time he’s spent in the big leagues since then has included plenty of volatility, as he posted a 2.50 ERA in 39.2 innings of relief for the Padres in 2018 but has a 7.71 ERA in 28.0 innings of work over the past three years, having gotten brief major league stints with the Padres, Red Sox, and Cubs.

But if he were to pitch well tomorrow night, Stock could add that game to his major league portfolio. He relies mostly on his fastball, which has averaged in the mid-to-upper 90s, but he does have three secondary offerings: a slider, a changeup, and a curveball.