Showing posts with label Ryota Igarashi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ryota Igarashi. Show all posts

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mets Release Ryota Igarashi

New York Mets fans, your long regional nightmare is over. After 79 mostly ineffective appearances over the past two years, right-handed reliever Ryota Igarashi will pitch elsewhere in 2012, according to a Thursday report from ESPN New York's Adam Rubin.

The 32-year-old Igarashi will be a free agent due to a clause in his contract that allows him to become such if he and the Mets could not agree on a deal at the end of his two-year, $3 million contract.

Igarashi pitched 69 innings for the Mets and allowed a 5.74 ERA while going 5-2. Though he put together a strong stretch during the middle of July this year after tweaking his splitter, the reliever hit a rut and allowed eight runs in 11 innings during August. His interpreter, Michael Peters, became a popular subject for profile pieces within the New York media.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Reyes, Wright, Santana, Igarashi

Mets News and Notes:

Jose Reyes

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday but his return remains unclear.

"Jose is progressing," Alderson said. "He's getting treatment (Thursday). He'll be due off (the DL) in several days, but it's not clear whether or not he'll be able to play at that point. This is a two- to three-week injury, probably closer to three than two, given his style of the play and the importance of his legs and his explosiveness. We'll probably be careful with him."

Reyes has been on the DL retroactive to July 13 with a left hamstring injury. The 28-year-old was leading the National League with a .354 batting average prior to going on the DL.

Reyes hurt his hamstring on July 2 against the New York Yankees.

"He's been jogging," Alderson said. "He took batting practice at the All-Star Game. He's doing a lot of activity, but not doing anything that would put a strain on that hamstring. We're being careful with it."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Igarashi & Hu demoted, Beato Activated

Following streaks of poor performance, Mets optioned releiver Royota Igarashi and Ching-Lung Hu to Triple A- Buffalo early this morning, activating Pedro Beato and infielder Ruben Tejada (heir to shortstop but will play 2nd base for now.) "Given the fact that we're without the two corners in our infield, we need some more consistent offense off the bench," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "And ultimately we need someone who can play second base on a regular basis." According to's Anthony DiComo, Tejada, 21, who made his Major League debut with the Mets last season and was batting .267, with three home runs in 39 games at Buffalo. Tejada will instead play second base, allowing Daniel Murphy to start at first base and Justin Turner to shift over to third in the absence of Wright. The Mets also plan to recall corner infielder Nick Evans from Buffalo on Tuesday.

The Mets initially kept Hu, a career .177 hitter, on the team for his superior defense. But Hu's struggles, along with Turner's strong play at several positions, forced them to reconsider his roster spot.

Poor performance was also the rationale behind outrighting Igarashi, the losing pitcher in Monday's game. Bouncing between New York and Buffalo throughout the past year, Igarashi allowed runs in each of his final two games with the Mets.

"I completely understand the decision," Igarashi said through an interpreter. "I've given up a lot of walks recently and I've given up some runs, so I understand the decision."

The Mets were eager to activate Beato, their most consistent reliever in April. Prior to landing on the disabled list with a bout of right elbow tendinitis, the rookie Beato had not allowed an earned run over his first 17 big league innings.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mets News and Notes : Bullpen Moves, Duda

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Jason Isringhausen is back with the Mets more than a decade after leaving New York in a trade.

New York purchased the contract of the veteran right-hander after Sunday's game and designated reliever Blaine Boyer for assignment.

Jason Isringhausen pitches for the Mets in spring training. The right-hander will try to help ease the load of an already overworked bullpen. 

Boyer allowed four runs in the 11th inning Sunday, three on a pinch-hit three-run homer by the Washington Nationals' Laynce Nix. Boyer had a 10.80 ERA in five appearances with New York.

Isringhausen, 38, began the season in extended spring training to build arm strength. He was signed to a minor league contract prior to the start of training camp but was still working his way back from 2009 elbow surgery. He pitched well enough to be in contention with Boyer for the final spot on the opening day pitching staff.

New York dealt Isringhausen to the Oakland Athletics at the July 31 deadline in 1999. He became a top closer for the A’s and St. Louis Cardinals before injuries limited his effectiveness.

The Mets also recalled right-hander Ryota Igarashi from Class AAA Buffalo on Sunday and optioned outfielder Lucas Duda to Buffalo. The move gives the Mets 13 pitchers on their staff.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Mets Moves: Mets Reassign 8 Players

The Mets continued trimming their major league camp size Friday with eight matter-of-fact moves.

The official list also includes: Pitcher Dillon Gee who should headline the Triple-A rotation with Jenrry Mejia and Josh Stinson, was optioned. OF Jason Pridie, RHP Ryota Igarashi, INF Russ Adams, RHP Boof Bonser and catchers Dusty Ryan and Raul Chavez.

LHP Taylor Tankersley was also reassigned, Tim Byrdak has had the inside track for the left-handed relief specialist all along.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mets Igarashi Concern For Family in Japan

After one of the strongest earthquakes in history hits Japan followed by devastating tsunamis this morning, Mets Ryota Igarashi spoke about his concern for his family in Japan.
Igarashi spoke through a translator telling reporters that he had heard about the 8.9 magnitude earthquake at about 2:30 AM by a phone call from his translator. Since then he has been watching the coverage on CNN and Japan's live stream.
Ryota's wife and children are with him in Port St. Lucie at Mets spring training camp but the rest of his family remains in Japan. He has not spoken to them although he believes they are unharmed.
"All lines are shut down. You cannot get through, so there's no way to get in touch directly with family." Igarashi said through the interpreter. "But the likelihood that they are OK is very high based on where they live." His family lives in Chiba which is 200 miles south of the area most affected.
Whatever the case, our thoughts are with Igarashi, Japan and the effected areas of the earthquake and tsunamis.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Igarashi, Young, Chavez

In case you missed the Mets news of late, here are some of the highlights:

Igarashi outrighted to Triple A

Ryota Igarashi cleared waivers as expected and was outrighted to Triple-A, according to Adam Rubin of The Mets DFA'd Igarashi last week.

Nationals Not interested in Chris Young

The Nationals are not pursuing free agent starter Chris Young, reports Bill Ladson of  We heard two days ago that Young was close to a decision, with the Nats mentioned as a team that "may be in play" for his services.

With Washington out of the picture, that leaves the Mets as Young's primary suitors.  The Amazins have been rumored to be interested in Young all winter and at one point were thought to have offered the right-hander a contract worth more than $1MM in guaranteed money (the Mets denied the report).

Adam Rubin of  ESPN wonders if Chris Young is the top option remaining in the Mets' price range, now that the Royals have agreed to a deal with Jeff Francis.

Mets executive J.P. Ricciardi told Andrew Marchand of  ESPN that Young "could be a nice fit" for the team.

Mets sign Raul Chavez to minor league deal... 

The Mets have signed catcher Raul Chavez to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training, reports's Adam Rubin (Twitter link).

Chavez, who turns 38 in March, last played in the majors in 2009, posting a .631 OPS in 168 plate appearances for Toronto.  He spent last season catching for the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate.  The Mets will be Chavez's eighth franchise in a pro career that began in 1990.

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