Carlos Beltran to the Disabled List

Just got word that Carlos Beltran’s MRI did not look good, and he’s headed to the DL.

Fernando Martinez reportedly is on the way back up to take his place on the roster.

In addition, Wilson Valdez has been DFA’d and Ken Takahashi demoted to AAA Buffalo. Taking their places will be lefthanded pitcher Pat Misch and and RHP Elmer Dessens.

Adding Misch and Dessens to the bullpen makes sense, since Dessens has been pitching well as a middle reliever in AAA (as loyal MT reader/commenter Micalpalyn has noted on several occasions), and Misch can’t be any worse than Takahashi as a LOOGY. Misch was used as a starter and reliever by the San Francisco Giants prior to being released by that club, and is one of those crafty lefties (meaning, don’t expect him to overpower anyone with a 95+ MPH heater) who relies on pinpoint control. Dessens is a longtime MLB veteran swingman who survives on guile and luck. Both arms are a welcome addition to the bullpen, whose main three men are about to pass out from overuse.

Now what about F-Mart? Does he become the Mets’ starting centerfielder? Or does he play RF while Ryan Church shifts to center? Church has played 114 MLB games in centerfield. Otherwise, it’s Jeremy Reed’s time to shine.

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  1. upson June 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm
    Misch has hardly been impressive this season so far — both in MLB and AAA. Does anybody have any insight why he was given the call? Shouldn’t Jerry first take a better look at Switzer?
  2. joejanish June 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm
    Misch actually pitched pretty well in the PCL before the Giants waived him. I imagine that plus the fact he can be “stretched out” for 2-3 innings at a time (he’s a starter / reliever) went into the thinking.
  3. upson June 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm
    OK then. But then I’m wondering, where does it leave Switzer?

    Btw, I feel really good about today’s game. With Beltran out, Redding on the mound and Pujols in town, the stage is set perfectly for a surprising win, or, at least, a heartbreaking loss.

  4. isuzudude June 22, 2009 at 6:37 pm
    Switzer will be Jerry’s secondary LOOGY, with Misch taking over Takahashi’s longman role.

    I think replacing Misch with Takahashi is a horrible move, but time will tell. With a 3.00 ERA, Takahashi sure didn’t do much to deserve getting the axe, in my opinion. Also, be sure to read the fine print when it comes to Dessens. Last 3 outings for Buffalo: 2.2 IP, 6 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, 2 Ks. Looks like Dessens’ magical comeback story of 2009 is coming to an end, just in time for the folks at CitiField to witness it firsthand. Mark my words – neither he nor Misch will be of any help to the beleaguered bullpen.

    And funny how the one guy who really deserves and needs the demotion, Bobby Parnell, remains with the big club. Oh yeah, these Mets really know what they’re doing.

    Interesting, with the Mets cutting Valdez, that Tatis becomes the only backup for 2B and SS…unless that will become Danny Murphy’s next experiment.

    I have to imagine FMart will play everyday CF in place of Beltran. I mean, the reason they sent him down a couple days ago was because they wanted him to play everyday and not platoon with Sheffield, so if the Mets intend to start Reed in CF and Shef in LF, then what’s the point of recalling FMart? Shef and Reed should platoon in LF, with FMart playing as close to everyday as possible in CF and Church playing everyday in RF.

    Meantime, the worst thing Omar could do right now is look for a trade. Everyone and their uncle know the Mets would be dealing from an extreme handicap, reeking of desperation for any kind of bat or arm who could make an immediate impact. I dare say even a scrub like Mark DeRosa would cost Fernando Martinez right now. My advice is to just ride the wave of mediocrity. Embrace it. Accept it. Because any team ravished by injuries to 3/8’s of their starting lineup (all who happen to be allstar caliber), 2/5’s of their starting rotation, and their premiere setup man simply can’t stay afloat or be saved by reactionary trades. Find any other team that has suffered as many debilitating injuries as the Mets have this year who have A) kept winning, and B) traded for replacement players without giving up their entire minor league system in return, and I’ll show you my pet unicorn.

  5. murph June 23, 2009 at 12:58 am
    Mr. Dessens was serving as the closer for Buffalo, not middle relief. I think that’s a sad statement on the Mets’ development of pitchers. Why have a 38 year-old journeyman close for the first time in his career, at AAA? Shouldn’t a young arm be learning that craft? It’s not like Dessens will be asked to close for the Mets.

    Mr. Valdez was DFA’d after getting thrown out at 3rd for the 3rd out of the inning on Sunday. Isn’t this the kind of discipline we’ve been wanting?

    Dropping a position player for a pitcher underscores just how beat up the Mets bullpen is. (And how pathetic their starters are). They now have 8 relievers. Sheesh!

    Heard that Wily Mo Pena was released from Buffalo. Ah, we hardly new the guy. When are they going to bring Chip Ambres up? Just kidding. They hate that guy.