Erik Goeddel is healthy and close, fine tuning his repertoire on rehab
Before landing on the disabled list with an elbow strain, Erik Goeddel had emerged as one of the better and most reliable arms in Terry Collins’ bullpen, to the point he had earned high leverage situations late in games.
He has been out for 2 1/2 months, but is currently working his way back in a rehab assignment, which was recently transferred to Double-A Binghamton.
“I’m healthy,” Goeddel told Lynn Worthy of the Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin. “I’m just trying to fine-tune things, kind of get back to where I was before the injury in terms of sharpness of all three of my pitches so when they do call me back up to New York I don’t miss a beat.”
Given he’s been out for so long, that could take more time than it would in a typical rehab assignment. He started his rehab assignment on August 2 with Single-A St. Lucie, and can be on the assignment for up to 30 days, at which point he must be activated.
Part of what led to Goeddel’s break out in the first half of the season was the emergence of a new split-fingered fastball, which served as a replacement to his change-up, which had been inconsistent at best for him.
The split-finger became Goeddel’s best friend, and a very reliable weapon in his arsenal. The opposition has swung and missed at over 26 percent of his splitters this season, hitting just .111 overall against that pitch.
It’s still not clear when Goeddel will be activated from the disabled list. He did pitch on Wednesday night for Binghamton, but he has yet to pitch in back-to-back games, which is the primary pre-requisite for activation from the disabled list. Terry Collins said earlier this week Goeddel is close to returning, but back-to-back outings first have to take place.
But with the current state of the Mets bullpen, particularly in the sixth and seventh innings where he proved so effective earlier this season, Goeddel’s activation couldn’t come soon enough for the team.