New York Mets Place Buddy Carlyle On 15-Day DL


New York Mets Lose Buddy Carlyle To Hamstring and Back Woes

The New York Mets continue to be hit by the injury bug, as yet another member of their bullpen has been added to the 15-day DL. This time it is veteran Buddy Carlyle, who is the fifth reliever, and 11th player overall, to hit the disabled list for the Mets already this season, which is only 34 games old.

Carlyle can now add his name to the list of relievers that have been sidelined for the Mets, as the bullpen looked like a strength coming into the season has now been decimated. Jenrry Mejia was suspended after the first game of the season, joining Josh Edgin, Bobby Parnell and Vic Black on the sidelines. Then Jerry Blevins went down with a broken left forearm, and the Mets are now forced to have Carlyle join them.

Carlyle will be heading to the DL with lower back and hamstring problems. He looked to injure himself during the Mets series opening game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night while covering first base on a groundball. That intensified what the Mets are calling back spasms, which eventually caused pain in his hamstrings as well.

Carlyle’s stats don’t look too strong taking a quick look, as he has a 5.87 ERA in 11 appearances and eight innings, but taking a closer look he hasn’t been as bad as that shows. He has given up all his runs in only two appearances against the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals. He still has managed four holds with six strikeouts to go against only one walk, equating to a respectable 1..13 WHIP.

While the Mets have plenty of arms in their bullpen that have performed well this season, losing yet another arm on the staff is a blow. Parnell and Black have taken longer to return than the Mets originally thought, and once they return they should bolster the Mets bullpen in theory, but can they be relied upon? Parnell hasn’t pitched in over a year as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, while Black has battled numerous injuries since being acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

For now though, the Mets will be relying on youngsters Hansel Robles and Erik Goeddel a little more to fill the void left by Carlyle; it could be argued they already passed Carlyle in the pecking order of manager Terry Collins, but now they will have a chance to cement that will Carlyle sidelined for the time being.

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In his place, the Mets will be recalling LHP Jake Leathersich. Leathersich made two appearances for the Mets in late-April, coming in during mop-up situations in two games that the Mets were beaten easily in.

According to ESPN New York, the Mets were also considering Chasen Bradford and Zack Thornton to replace Carlyle, but ultimately decided upon Leathersich because he is already a part of the Mets 40-man roster and another move was not needed to bring him up to the major leagues.

Leathersich will join the team for the series finale matinee this afternoon against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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