Familia optioned to clear room for Laffey

Familia optioned to clear room for Laffey

NEW YORK -- Needing to clear roster space for Sunday's starting pitcher, Aaron Laffey, the Mets optioned reliever Jeurys Familia to Triple-A Las Vegas. To make room for Laffey on the 40-man roster, the Mets also transferred Johan Santana from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list.

Familia, 23, appeared in just one game for the Mets, recording one out and allowing one run on a hit and a walk. Though there has been considerable debate in recent years over Familia's ultimate future, he will pitch out of the bullpen at Las Vegas.

Laffey will start Sunday against the Marlins and remain in the rotation for as long as he pitches well.

The transfer of Santana was merely procedural; he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery earlier this week.

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