The Mets announced Friday that they’ve recalled Tyler Pill from AAA Las Vegas to take the roster spot undeservedly belonging to Rafael Montero, who the club evidently has finally had enough of.
Pill, a righthander who was a 4th-round drfat pick in 2011, was assigned uni #56, becoming the first Met since Ty Kelly to wear the digits and the first pitcher since Scott Rice.
Montero has been sent to Las Vegas to make room but unless I’m mistaken might not get there as his options have expired. I know, he’s really sucked this year but he also has some good stuff and the way things are going its not like the Mets are in a position to give away guys with 95-mph stuff and a slider even if they suck.
Pill has been described as a Dillon Gee-type and got off to a hot start in AA and AAA this year despite an alarming lack of strikeouts. His brother is the former Giants’ first baseman Brett Pill so at least he’s got baseball in his blood.
When I think of Met 56s I think, for some reason, of Darren Bragg, the reserve outfielder who said he wore it in honor of Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor. He sure didn’t wear it in honor of other Mets in 56, who include Brian McRae (another baseball blood-relative who said 5+6= his dad Hal McRae’s #11); Dyar Miller; Jeff Kaiser; Edwin Almonte; Luis Ayala; Jon Switzer or Andres Torres. McRae was all right but that’s a lot of crud otherwise.
Seth Lugo was moved to the 60-day Disabled List to make room for Pill.
Roster expansion plus the scary injury to Jose Reyes promises some more new names and numbers at Shea this September. On Monday the callups began when Jeremy (Big Red) Griffiths 46 was recalled and Norfolk closer Orber Moreno summoned for the first time. Moreno was dressed in the No. 49 jersey left behind byArmando Benitez. After Monday’s win the Mets recalled Prentice Redman 20; Jaime Cerda 43 and Edwin Almonte 56 and for the first time, second-base prospect Danny Garcia, who got his first start (and hit) on Tuesday in Roberto Alomar’s former No. 12.
The Mets have also recalled Jorge Velandia 13.
The Mets did their part as auctioneer last week, beginning with the trade of Aussie lefty Graeme Lloyd 17 to Kansas City for a minor leaguer. Jamie Cerda 43 was recalled to take Lloyd’s place. A day later the Mets dumped Rey Sanchez 10 on Seattle and took back minor league outfielder Kenny Kelly, whom they assigned to Norfolk. Jason Roach 57 was recalled.
On Saturday the Mets demoted Edwin Almonte 56 and recalled Jeremy Griffiths 46.
Edwin Almonte 56 was recalled today and Prentice Redman 20 was sent down without having appeared in a game.
The Mets got around to placing rapidly aging lefty Al Leiter 22 on the disabled list. To take his place on the roster, they have called Edwin Almonte from Norfolk and, dressed him in No. 56. Almonte, acquired last week in the Roberto Alomar trade, is expected to last only a night as the team plans to recall Jason Roach 57 to make Leiter’s start on Tuesday. We’ll see whether Roach keeps No. 57.