Buddy Carlyle is headed to Philly to aid an overworked Mets relief corps.
The reinforcement was needed after Rafael Montero lasted only 3 2/3 innings and Terry Collins exhausted his bullpen in a 14-inning loss to the Phillies on Friday.
The corresponding move was not yet clear, but a source suggested Montero could be optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to open the spot, which would presumably mean Daisuke Matsuzaka stepping into the rotation, potentially until Dillon Gee returns from the disabled list.
Carlyle is 1-1 with a 1.27 ERA and one save in 21 1/3 innings with Vegas spanning 18 relief appearances. The 36-year-old right-hander has appeared in the majors during parts of seven seasons, with the Padres, Dodgers, Braves and Yankees.
Carlyle will have to travel from El Paso, Texas, where the 51s are currently playing.
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