Oswalt Scratched Yesterday, Could Start This Weekend For Mets

As reported by Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas starter Corey Oswalt was held back from his start on Wednesday in case the Mets need him to make a start this weekend.

The Mets do not currently have a starter listed for their game on Saturday against the Miami Marlins.

Jason Vargas was placed on the disabled list with a strained calf. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, but with his not having yet attempting to run, chances are he will not be ready to start.

When Vargas’ spot in the rotation last came up, the team opted for a bullpen game with Jerry Blevins making his first career start. After the team allowed seven homers in that game, it appears the Mets would prefer to go with Oswalt.

While he has been called up on a few occasions, this will be Oswalt’s first career start. In his previous call-ups, he made one relief appearance allowing two runs on two hits with no walks and four strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched.

The right-hander has gone 4-4 with a 5.32 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 10 starts this year in Triple-A. It’s important to note when looking at this numbers that he’s been up and down multiple times between the big leagues and Triple-A and has been thrown off his normal pitching schedule as well. He last pitched on June 22 when he allowed three runs in five innings with five strikeouts for Vegas.

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