The good news is that Mike Pelfrey feels his bout with tendonitis is behind him. The bad news is that it cost the Mets two pitchers to cover his one missed start.
Yesterday word came that sidearming Rule 5 draftee Darren O’Day was claimed by the Texas Rangers, wholike the Mets are now required to keep him on their roster all year or — like the Mets — risk losing him on a waiver claim. O’Day was designated when the Mets recalled Nelson Figueroa take Pelfrey’s start Sunday.
Figgy was subsequently designated following his start in favor of Casey Fossum — and with the gruesome twosome of Perez and Maine following him in the rotation, avialable long relief was handy. Figueroa like O’Day was subject to waivers but went unclaimed. Nevertheless he refused a return engagement with Buffalo and declared free agency, today’s Daily News reported.
All this — Maine and Perez’s awful starts in St. Louis this week included — may eventually hasten the arrival of Freddy Garcia, who started his first game this week in Buffalo.