Adam Rubin of the Daily News reported on pitcher Tim Redding yesterday who made a rehab start for the Buffalo Bisons and looked solid.
Tim Redding, who had been signed to a $2.25 million guaranteed contract during the offseason, looks ready to contribute at the major-league level. Redding limited Lehigh Valley to one run on six hits and a walk while striking out five on Wednesday night in a rehabilitation start with Triple-A Buffalo.
Redding’s fastball sat at 86-89 mph, and topped out at 91 mph. He threw 58 of 85 pitches for strikes. The lone run came on an RBI triple by ex-Met David Newhan, which scored former Met farmhand Andy Tracy, who had doubled earlier in the fourth.
It’s my guess that Jon Niese will probably make just one start against the Pirates and then go back down to Buffalo so that the Mets can clear a roster spot for Tim Redding who is very close to being activated.
Redding has a guaranteed contract for $2.25 million, and was initially slotted for the long-relief role. The 31-year-old righthander was experiencing achiness and weakness in his right shoulder and the Mets DL’ed him for what they called shoulder fatigue.
Redding had some moderate success last season while pitching for a very bad Washington Nationals team. He may fit right in and plug a big hole for the Mets and even provide us with some quality starts.
Keep your fingers crossed.