Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mets News: Mets to call up Burke for bullpen help, Familia to the DL?

Terry Collins said the inability of Mets starting pitchers to go deep into games has overwhelmed his bullpen. So the Mets will promote a reliever before Sunday’s series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the manager added.

“It’s a pretty big problem because our bullpen is shot,” Collins said about the length of starting pitchers’ performances. “So it’s created a major issue for us. We’re going to have to make a move tomorrow to get somebody here. … We’ve got to start getting some quality innings out of our starters. And we’re saved tomorrow. I know Matt will give us some innings. That will help.”

That reliever will be sidearmer Greg Burke, a team source told

Burke had been demoted with a 7.36 ERA on April 18, having surrendered runs in five of his seven major league appearances. He subsequently went 1-0 with two saves and a 4.66 ERA in eight relief appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas. Burke allowed 11 hits and three walks while striking out seven in 9 2/3 innings.

The Mets did not indicate how room would be made on the 25-man roster for Burke, but the logical action is to place Jeurys Familia on the DL. Familia has been unavailable since pitching Wednesday because of what is being labeled biceps tendinitis.
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