Ryota Igarashi went onto the disabled list today with injuries sustained when attacked by a Koyie Hill bunt last night, and the Mets summoned former Brave and spring training waiver claim Manny Acosta to take his place. Reports said Acosta will be suited up in No. 36, a number worn last year by Ken Takahashi and not by a Met of significance since, uh, Greg McMichael or, perhaps, Ed Lynch. I guess maybe Grant Roberts would count if only for the hype and front-page bong hits.
Acosta, you might remember, is one 10,000 men who’ve been the closer for the Atlanta Braves during the Bobby Cox Era and should, but probably won’t, serve as a reminder to the Mets that they’re still trying way too hard to capture this elusive 8th-inning thunder. If they weren’t, Igarashi might never have needed to take the mound last night in the first place.