Mets will call up Dario Alvarez for Saturday’s game
With the Mets down two pitchers thanks to the club skipping Matt Harvey and Logan Verrett scheduled to start in his place, the Mets are effectively playing with a short bullpen and 23 people on their roster overall.
As such, Terry Collins said after Friday’s game the club will be calling up a left-handed reliever from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Afterwards, the club announced LHP Dario Alvarez will join the club tomorrow.
The Mets will announce a corresponding roster move on Saturday. It could be that Lucas Duda will land on the disabled list, which could buy Michael Conforto at least two more days in the big leagues before David Wright is activated.
It’s the right call, especially at Coors Field and with Verrett only able to go five innings at most on Sunday, and the bullpen already got taxed in this series during Friday’s 14-9 win.
In fact, it might have been wise to have an extra pitcher in Denver on Friday night.
But in the end, this is the wise call.
As for Alvarez, he’s on the 40-man roster, and they need someone who can get left-handed hitters out consistently, and Alvarez has owned left-handers in the Pacific Coast League this season, holding them to a .118 opposing average with Triple-A Las Vegas.
This stay for Alvarez could be short-lived, as he could be sent back to the minors on Monday when the Mets activate Wright, but he should be back on September 1 when rosters expand. The Mets could opt to send Verrett down instead and keep Alvarez, as well.
Original post, August 21, 9:09 PM, updated August 22, 12:34 AM