After using four relievers in Monday’s 8-6 loss to the Nationals, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said the Mets’ bullpen “needed a guy’’ Tuesday, so the club sent down righthander Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas and called up flame-throwing righthander Gerson Bautista from Double-A Binghamton.
“Bautista’s been really, really good in the minor leagues,’’ Callaway said. “We saw him throwing the ball over the plate with crisp stuff, a ‘plus’ slider, ‘plus’ velo[city], obviously. And he was getting outs, so we’re really excited we get to see him here.’’
Bautista, one of three relief prospects the Mets acquired from the Red Sox at last year’s trade deadline, along with Jamie Callahan and Stephen Nogosek, for Addison Reed, appeared in three games for Binghamton, pitching five innings, striking out 11, and not allowing a run. He gave up two hits and no walks. He arrived about two hours before game time.
“I’m really, really happy, because this is the dream coming true,’’ he said through a translator.
He made his major league debut when he pitched the ninth inning, allowing no runs and striking out Ryan Zimmerman.
Robles, meanwhile, was 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in eight games with the Mets.
“Unfortunately when something like [Monday] night happens or you play an extra inning game, someone loses their job temporarily,’’ Callaway said. “Unfortunately that was Robles. He’s been pitching great. He probably didn’t deserve to go down. It’s the business side of things so that was tough conversation to have with him.’’
Gonzalez again good vs. Mets
Gio Gonzalez (2-1) pitched 5.1 innings, struck out five, walked two and allowed two runs in earning the victory for the Nats. Gonzalez has started 25 games against the Mets and is 15-5, with a 2.90 ERA in those games.
Vargas throws six innings
Jason Vargas, who is rehabbing in extended spring training in Port St. Lucie, threw six innings in an intrasquad game, striking out 12 and not allowing a hit. Callaway said the next step for Vargas, who broke a bone in his hand in spring training, will be in five days, when he gets to pitch in a real minor-league game.
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