Drew Smith’s return presents Mets with tough roster decision

MILWAUKEE — Drew Smith’s anticipated return from the injured checklist on Tuesday has the Mets going through a probably robust roster query. 

“How would you make room for him?” supervisor Buck Showalter requested rhetorically earlier than the Mets confronted the Brewers. 

Barring an IL stint for a pitcher, the Mets will possible have to decide on between optioning David Peterson to Triple-A Syracuse and designating veteran Tommy Hunter for task. The Mets optioned relievers Stephen Nogosek and Alex Claudio to Syracuse earlier than Monday’s 7-2 win to clear roster area for Max Scherzer and Tylor Megill. 

Scherzer pitched six excellent innings and struck out 9 in his return from the IL. 

Peterson pitched 2 ¹/₃ innings in aid on Saturday as he auditions for a possible second left-hander’s position within the bullpen heading to the postseason. Hunter has appeared principally in low-leverage aid roles this season and pitched to a 2.42 ERA. 

“We have now acquired some well being issues we’re going to take a look at and who’s going to be wholesome,” Showalter mentioned, noting that reliever Mychal Givens (COVID-restricted checklist) will return from the IL earlier than the season concludes. 

Drew Smith’s return presents the Mets a troublesome resolution.
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Smith might be getting back from a lat pressure that has stored him sidelined since late July. 

“Drew was one in all our higher aid pitchers,” Showalter mentioned. “We’ll see if he can regain that kind.” 

Showalter mentioned it was nonetheless beneath dialogue on how Megill can be utilized from the bullpen. The appropriate-hander struggled in his last two rehab appearances for Syracuse, however Showalter indicated it wasn’t a trigger for concern. 

“I believe the most important concern was well being,” Showalter mentioned earlier than Megill pitched an inning and gave up two runs on two hits whereas placing out one towards the Brewers on Monday. 

The Mets entered play with a .597 highway profitable proportion this season, which ranked third in franchise historical past. Solely the 1986 and ’69 groups (.654 and .600, respectively) personal higher highway profitable percentages. Each these groups received the World Collection. The Mets haven’t reached 45 highway victories since 2007. They had been inside one win of matching that whole as Monday’s play started. 

Mark Canha (0-for-3) entered play with 21 hit by pitches, one wanting the franchise file set by Brandon Nimmo (1-for-4) in 2018. General, the Mets had been inside three hit by pitches of the Reds’ modern-day file of 105 set in 2021. 

The Mets are on monitor to have baseball’s highest payroll for the primary time since 1989, amongst a record-tying six groups set to pay a penalty for spending. 

The Dodgers, who began the season as the highest spender, fell into second because of Trevor Bauer’s suspension. 

The Mets entered the final full month of the season with a $273.9 million payroll, in response to up to date figures via Aug. 31 compiled by Main League Baseball. 

The Dodgers are second at $267.2 million, adopted by the Yankees at $254.4 million.

— With AP

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