After today’s 7-3 loss to the Nationals, the Mets announced two moves intended to bolster an already spent and woefully ineffective bullpen.
Blaine Boyer, who was largely responsible for todays loss and had a 10.80 ERA so far this season, was released and designated for assignment.
Boyer will be replaced by former Met Jason Isringhausen, who had a solid spring and was pitching in extended spring training awaiting his chance to help the team. It’s a nice story for Izzy and we wish him well on his comeback to the Mets. He may even get back his uniform No. 44 from Jason Bay.
The Mets also sent outfielder Lucas Duda down to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled reliever Ryota Igarashi.
Igarashi had a terrible season last year and I found this move to be rather puzzling because it means the Mets are going with a 13 man bullpen and playing a man short on a bench.
This may only be temporary and until Jason Bay is ready to be activated one day next week. Still I would have preferred to see Manny Acosta or perhaps a second lefty in Mike O’Connor.