The New York Mets have announced that left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Gilmartin went 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, walk and struck out five in his only start of the season for Vegas last Sunday.
To make room for him on the 25-man roster, infielder T.J. Rivera was optioned to the Las Vegas 51s. Rivera has gone 0 for 3 with two walks and three strikeouts for the Mets so far this season.
Original Report – April 14, 8 AM
Last night, every Mets reliever but Josh Edgin and Jerry Blevins pitched more the one inning. While everyone went to the whip, Josh Smoker and Hansel Robles went above and beyond. The Mets bullpen combined for 11.1 scoreless innings.
Smoker pitched a career high three innings throwing 38 pitches. Robles pitched in his fourth straight game and fifth time in six nights. Both are gassed and cannot possibly be available to pitch in today’s game.
Accordingly, Betsy Helfand of the Review Journal, reports that lefty Sean Gilmartin will join the Mets today to help their depleted bullpen. Gilmartin is the easy choice for the Mets because he can give them length and he’s on the 40-man roster.
Gilmartin has made one appearance this year for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, a start last Sunday. He went 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, walk and struck out five.
The only other healthy option on the Mets full 40 is righty Erik Goeddel who struggled this spring and has given up four runs in two innings to start the season for Las Vegas.
Given the early season usage of Fernando Salas it’s likely he’s unavailable tonight after throwing 7.2 innings in the Mets first 10 games. Bringing up a second reliever would make sense if they had another option. Both righties Chris Flexen and Marcos Molina are on the 40-man, but have started the minor league season on the disabled list.
Paul Sewald would be an option, however he can’t return to the Mets unless it’s someone has an “injury” and needs to be placed on the disabled list.
Josh Edgin is out of options so he can’t be sent down to make room for a reliever unless the Mets designate him for assignment. Infielder T.J. Rivera and/or pitcher Rafael Montero seem like the most likely choices given they both have options.
The day after the Mets sent down their extra reliever, they need him. Baseball is funny that way.