NEW YORK -- The Mets made a move to get a fresh arm in their bullpen on Friday, when they optioned left-hander Robert Carson to Double-A Binghamton and purchased the contract of reliever Jack Egbert. Egbert, a former 13th-round Draft pick, has pitched in just two big league games.
The right-hander had a 2-3 record and a 2.08 ERA in 16 appearances for Triple-A Buffalo, and he said that he's responded well to his first full season of pitching out of the bullpen. Egbert, a Staten Island native and an alumnus of Rutgers, said he's ready to work multiple innings for the Mets.
"I'm going to try to be ready for anything out there," he said. "I've started pretty much throughout my career, but a couple times this year I've gotten up to three innings. I probably could've gone a little more in some of those situations. I just think they didn't want to stretch me out too much more."
The Mets have seen their bullpen blow nine saves -- tied for the second most in the Majors -- and post a 5.18 ERA, the highest of any big league team. Manager Terry Collins said that Egbert, 29 years old, will give the Mets a long relief contingency plan in case any of the starters stumble.
"He's a guy who's a multiple-inning pitcher. He's a two or three inning guy, which is all you really need your long man to do in the National League," said Collins. "Sinker, slider, change. The sinker's a very good pitch for him. He's an experienced guy and he's been around. I know he pitched last night -- a couple innings -- but he can give us two more tonight if need be."