Raul Valdes Promoted, Tatis to DL
The Mets have announced that Fernando Tatis has been placed on the 15-day DL with a right shoulder AC joint sprain and that lefthanded pitcher Raul Valdes has been recalled from Buffalo. Valdes will wear #22 and will be available for tonight’s game vs. Cincinnati. Tatis will undergo further testing at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery tomorrow.
Funny, I had nearly forgotten that Tatis was still on the roster.
Valdes gives the Mets another relief pitcher that Jerry Manuel won’t use, and is expected to sit next to Fernando Nieve in the bullpen. He may get a chance to pitch against a LH hitter in certain situations, even though lefthanded hitters have pounded him to the tune of a .341 AVG / .977 OPS. The 5-11, 190-pounder made two starts at Buffalo after he was optioned on June 24. He allowed one run on seven hits over 9.0 combined innings with one walk and 13 strikeouts.