Mets call up Tim Stauffer from Triple-A Las Vegas
On Monday, Carlos Torres injured his calf muscle on a play in the fifth inning, and Terry Collins said the Mets would be adding another pitcher from the minor leagues while he heals.
As such, the Mets purchase the contract of RHP TiM Stauffer from Triple-A Las Vegas.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Stauffer, the Mets recalled Darrell Ceciliani from Triple-A Las Vegas and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a left hamstring injury.
Stauffer went 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA (15 earned runs/54.1 innings) in eight starts for Las Vegas this year. He signed a minor league deal with the Mets on July 31.
Stauffer, 33, has pitched parts of 10 seasons in the majors with San Diego and Minnesota, going 33-34 with a 3.94 ERA (258 earned runs/590.0 innings). He was 1-0 with a 6.60 ERA in 13 games with the Twins this year, before he was released and the Mets signed him to a minor league contract on August 1. The 6-1, 220-pounder was 6-2 with a 3.50 ERA (25 earned runs/64.1 innings) in 44 games with the Padres in 2014.
This likely means neither Dillon Gee or Vic Black will be pitching for the Mets at all down the stretch of the season. They could have easily purchased one of their contracts and maneuvered the roster with Ceciliani, but they chose performance above anything else, and Stauffer has had a good year with Las Vegas.
It’s just a shame how far Gee and Black have fallen off the depth chart for the Mets. Both were very big parts of the club last year, and Black at least was projected to be a key cog in the bullpen. But aside from the injuries, the Mets were always concerned with Black’s ability to throw strikes, and clearly they don’t think he can be a valuable part of the bullpen down the stretch of the season.