Day after MRI, Edgin sent to NYC for testing

With reliever out, Mets have no left-hander penciled into Opening Day bullpen

Day after MRI, Edgin sent to NYC for testing

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Mets sent reliever Josh Edgin to New York City for testing on Wednesday, one day after Edgin underwent an MRI exam on his left elbow in Florida. The team was still waiting for results as of late Wednesday afternoon.

Edgin, 28, initially drew the Mets' concern with his diminished velocity in early Grapefruit League play. The team sent him locally for an MRI, then to New York City for a meeting with team orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Altchek.

Edgin experienced a similar velocity drop last spring, eventually recovering to average a shade under 93 mph over the summer. But he missed approximately two weeks from late August into early September due to elbow soreness, then began experiencing similar symptoms again this spring.

If Edgin misses significant time, it would leave the Mets without a left-handed reliever penciled into their Opening Day bullpen. Dario Alvarez spent some time in New York last September, but like fellow prospect Jack Leathersich, the Mets would prefer to have him open this season back at Triple-A Las Vegas. Rule 5 Draft pick Sean Gilmartin is as strong a bet to make the team as anyone, but the Mets will not just hand him a spot; he must earn one. Scott Rice is also a prime candidate to replace Edgin, but he is in camp on a Minor League deal and no longer on the 40-man roster. Rice also struggled Wednesday, giving up four runs to balloon his ERA to 13.50.

"He didn't have very good command," manager Terry Collins said. "And it's not just command, it's the little things. He had a bad pickoff throw at second. He made a bad throw at first that kept the inning going. It was just one of those days for him."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.