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Takahashi burgeoning in bullpen role

As of Tuesday afternoon, Hisanori Takahashi was still in line to start Saturday against the Phillies at Citi Field. But after a solid inning of relief in yesterday's 1-0 win over the Rockies, it looks like he'll have to find a comfortable seat in the bullpen.

Manuel recently bumped Takahashi from the rotation before last week's series against the Phillies so he could be used for lefty matchups out of the pen. Rather than save Takahashi for Saturday, the Mets used him to record three outs on Tuesday in a setup role. Manuel has been searching for someone to fill the eighth inning role all season and Takahashi might become a fixture. 

With Takahashi watching from beyond the outfield wall, the Mets will either call up a pitcher from the Minors or possibly give Raul Valdes a spot start on Saturday. Pat Misch might also be in the mix, the left-hander was pulled from his start Tuesday with Triple-A Buffalo after five scoreless innings and 55 pitchest.

The Mets have struggled to find consistency in the late innings this season, turning to Ryota Igarashi, Pedro Feliciano, Elmer Dessens and Bobby Parnell in search of a bridge to K-Rod. The Mets would welcome any sort of reliability from Takahashi, who has posted a 2.36 ERA as a reliever this season, compared with 5.01 as a starter.


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