D.J. Down, Paulino Stays Put

In case you missed it in yesterday’s post-game notes, D.J. Carrasco has been sent down to AAA Buffalo. This means that Dillon Gee stays up with the big club.

According to reports, Carrasco will be inserted into the Bisons’ starting rotation, presumably to take Gee’s spot in the rotation. I imagine that by getting a regular turn to throw multiple innings every five days, he will have a chance to work out his issues.

Meantime, Gee will head to the bullpen — for now. He has pitched all of 3 games out of the ‘pen as a professional, and all three in his initial season as a 21-year-old in Brooklyn in 2007. Though he has done well as a starter for the Mets thus far, it’s questionable whether he can be effective as a reliever. But, we can’t be too quick to count on Chris Young, who will pitch for the first time tomorrow after suffering biceps tendinitis (a precursor for a shoulder injury). My guess is we’ll see Gee back in the rotation sooner rather than later.

In other news, catcher Ronny Paulino will remain with Buffalo as he recovers from a pulled rib cage muscle. According to Adam Rubin, Paulino will play against the Rochester Red Wings on Tuesday, so he won’t return to the Mets until at least Wednesday, if not later in the week.

OK, how many other people are questioning whether this Paulino person actually exsists? Second, what’s the possibility that the Mets are holding back Paulino to give more reps to Mike Nickeas, who is hitting well recently and doing a good job of handling pitchers and calling games?

  1. Joe April 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm
    I saw someone who they claimed to be Paulino in a few Spring Training games, but it could have been a goof. They claimed someone called “Boof Bonser” was there.

    Seriously, not sure if Carrasco really has “issues” other than he is basically a cheap fairly mediocre pitcher who can give you innings. He pitched on Sunday after a long layoff after his spot start [not great, but with Misch, basically kept them in the game … fwiw] so hard to tell if his timing was just off. Before then, he seemed okay.

    No great loss. I don’t trust Young either, but if Gee isn’t a reliever, I really don’t see much worth having him around until Young does get hurt. Let him start every five days. Call him up when necessary.

  2. NormE April 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm
    I agree. Gee needs to get regular work. He may wind up with as many starts as most of the listed starters given the possibilities (probabilities?) of injuries.
  3. murph April 26, 2011 at 2:18 am
    I suspect that Gee will only be kept on the major league roster until they see Chris Young pitch in a game or two.

    If Young re-injures himself, or another starter goes down, they saved Gee a trip to Buffalo and he is back in the rotation. If Young proves he is healthy, Gee goes back to AAA to log his innings as a starter.

    Before we worry about what will become of Mr. Gee, let’s wait a week or so to see what happens. A week in a MLB bullpen may be just as instructional as a week starting in Buffalo.

    • CatchDog April 26, 2011 at 8:52 am
      Plus, if they send Gee to Buffalo, he can’t be recalled for 10 days. As Joe mentioned, Dillon may very well be back into the rotation as early as tonight.

      Carrasco has indicated that he’d prefer to start. With Boof sidelined for the year, perhaps he gets the opportunity now. At worst, he gets traded for a prospect as the deadline nears.

      And looking further ahead, Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, Kyle Allen & Scott Moviel are completely tearing up the Florida State League down in Lucie (17-2 record). I assume these kids will get bumped up to Bingy around the AllStar break, which would allow Mark Cahoon, Robert Carson & Brad Holt (who are all doing well at Bingy) to move up to Buffalo.

  4. Walnutz15 April 27, 2011 at 10:23 am
    Sadly, the most impressive things about D.J. Carrasco – to most Met fans, anyway – were his stirrups.