NEW YORK -- Reliever Elvin Ramirez received his first callup to the big leagues Friday, a little more than a year after undergoing shoulder surgery. He was in the Mets' bullpen for their series opener against the Cardinals at Citi Field.
The Mets designated right-hander Chris Schwinden for assignment to create room on the roster for Ramirez, who struck out 19 batters and walked one over 14 2/3 innings of scoreless ball for Triple-A Buffalo. He started the year at Double-A Binghamton, where he allowed two runs in 13 innings.
"The only thing I can tell you is that I'm ready to do this," Ramirez said. "I have to do my best to stay here for a long time."
The Nationals selected Ramirez in the 2010 Rule 5 Draft, but they returned him to New York after that season, and he missed all of 2011 after right rotator cuff and labrum surgery.
Manager Terry Collins will get his first real look at Ramirez since then, when Ramirez was a hard-throwing right-hander who struggled with his command. Ramirez lost some velocity on his mid-90s fastball since surgery, Collins said, but improved his command.
"If I can, I'll ease him in, but you want to get him in there while he's hot," Collins said. "We'll see what transpires tonight and where his best fit will be."