Following their game this afternoon, the New York Mets designated right-handed pitcher Buddy Carlyle for assignment in order to make room on the 25-man roster for the activation of right-handed pitcher Jon Niese, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Niese, who is returning from a shoulder injury, will make his first start back from the disabled list on Monday against the Seattle Mariners. This news would also move Daisuke Matsuzaka back to the bullpen, likely, after six starts in the starting rotation.
“I don’t have a crystal ball to tell you what’s going to happen in the next five or six days,” Terry Collins said. “I really don’t know. But as of right now, he’s going to go to the bullpen. He did a great job for us there. He pitched very well as a starter. I said, ‘You fill a lot of holes for us.’”
“Right now, he’s going to go back and pitch in that bullpen,” manager Collins said, “and hopefully he pitches as well as he did earlier this year.”
Friday before the Mets game against the San Diego Padres, Jon Niese through a bullpen and did not feel any pain in the left hamstring that he had strained, that forced him to be placed on the disabled list on June 22nd.
Buddy Carlyle had pitched in seven innings out of the bullpen this season. He only allowed one run and recorded a 7-to-3 K/BB. In 33.1 innings for the Mets Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, Carlyle posted a 2.16 ERA with a 3.2 BB/9 and a 9.7 K/9. When he has been healthy this season, Jon Niese has posted a 2.96 ERA to go along with a 3.64 FIP.