Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mets to call up Ramirez... is reporting that the Mets will call up reliever Elvin Ramirez, the hard throwing righty has been wowing them in Buffalo and is now being brought up to bolster the big league pen.  Ramirez was selected by the Nats in the rule five draft last year but lost the entire season to a shoulder injury.  Washington could have kept him this year under the same rule five stipulations but decided to return him.  His velocity hasn't fully returned from his pre-injury but the results are there, overall he has a 0.65 ERA in 19 games between AA/AAA and that includes a 0.00 ERA for the Bison's.

I would think that Chris Shwinden with his over 12 ERA would be the most vulnerable, however; due to his ability to spot start and go multiple innings Josh Edgin may be the odd man out.  Since being recalled Edgin has only appeared for two outs back on the 28th, is it a lack of the manager's confidence in the young reliever or simply opportunities...

The Mets hope to receive a significant boost from Thole, as well as from Ramirez, who struck out 19 batters and walked one over his last 14 2/3 scoreless innings at Buffalo. A 2010 Rule 5 Draft pick of the Nationals who was later returned to the Mets, Ramirez will give the bullpen a second reliever capable of providing triple-digit heat. source