Mets recall LHP Dario Alvarez, place Lucas Duda on the disabled list
As expected, the Mets recalled LHP Dario Alvarez from Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon.
To make room for Alvarez on the active roster, the Mets placed Lucas Duda on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.
This was a move the Mets had to make, since both Matt Harvey and Logan Verrett are unavailable to pitch.
Mets assistant GM John Ricco said on Saturday Verrett will likely be optioned back to Las Vegas to make room for David Wright on the roster on Monday.
As for Alvarez, he has been brilliant at both Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas, specifically at getting left-handed hitters out. He has held lefties to a .118 average this season with only one extra-base hit in 78 plate appearances against him.
He was likely to get the call in September anyway. If he pitches well and gets lefties out here, he could find himself on the playoff roster if the Mets get there.
Since being promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on July 26, Alvarez has allowed one earned run with three hits and two walks with 15 strikeouts in only 8 1/3 innings.
In regards to Duda, he will receive an opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins on Monday, the renowned back specialist in Los Angeles who operated on Bobby Parnell’s herniated disc and treated Wright for spinal stenosis.
He probably should’ve been placed on the disabled list last week when this first cropped up.
They held him out for seven days, got 2 1/2 games out of him before eventually placing him on the disabled list anyway. Now, he’s going to be lost for an extra week on top of playing short with him sidelined over the last ten days.
But this isn’t the first time the Mets have tried to squeeze hope out of an injury to a player, especially over the last month or two.