After a solid half-season rehabbing his career in AAA, the Mets rewarded Tony Armas with his first big-league appearance of the year. Tonight’s start in St. Louis (off to a shaky start as I write) is designed to provide a bit of rest for a stretched-out rotation, after which it is expected Armas will stay with the club filling the long-relief role previously filled by Claudio Vargas, Nelson Figueroa and Jorge Sosa. Armas appears tonight in No. 44 — the same jersey he wore this spring that was later issued to Brady Clark when Clark when the trip north and Armas did not.
Leave it Greg Prince of Faith & Fear in Flushing to point out the last time No. 44 appeared on the back of a Mets pitcher it was the Mercury Mets and Jason Isringhausen — who made his last appearance for the Mets wearing that jersey in July of 1999. That and a lot more.
Meantime, MBTN reader Paul C., aka King Of All Screen Capturers, delivers the above image of Isringhausen’s unique Mercury Mets look — condensed fonts don’t exist in the future, doncha know.
To make room for Armas the Mets designated infielder Andy Phillipsfor assignment — easy come, easy go — and are gambling a short bench won’t bite them in the butt before Moises Alou makes a return. Yes, they’re counting on that again. Yes, the Met offense is collapsing under the anticipation of his return once again.
Talkin’ baseball: Join me in Flushing this coming Monday, July 7, as I appear along with Greg Spira, co-editor of Meet the Mets, in a discussion about the Mets, baseball, books and anything else. We will have books for sale and/or signature (including Matt Silverman’s Mets Essential and 100 Things), and afterward, I’ll be happy to join you for a beer to watch the Mets-Phillies game.
Details: 6 p.m., Monday July 7 at the Queens Library — Flushing , 41-17 Main Street, (718) 661-1200.