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The husky southpaw made his return to the big leagues with a scoreless inning against the Cardinals on Tuesday night. The Mets need him to pitch well out of the bullpen to take some pressure off fellow southpaw Scott Rice, who leads the National League in appearances.
The 26-year-old Edgin performed well last season but really struggled during spring training. He posted a combined 5.91 ERA pitching for Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas this season.
Not very impressive.
Despite his struggles, Edgin was promoted to New York on Monday. He was originally sent down to the minors on Apr. 27, when his ERA ballooned to 9.64.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Edgin showed enough improvement to earn his promotion.
"The velocity is back up, which is very important for him," Collins told newsday.com. "One thing that they told me was the command of his fastball was getting better, which is the second biggest thing we talked about."
Edgin seems confident he can do the job.
"My mentality's back," Edgin told newsday.com. "I'm not afraid to throw the ball, I guess you could say...Going bad is really overwhelming, especially when you want to prove to anyone in here you deserve to be here."
Edgin should help New York by being able to get a tough left-handed slugger like a Carlos Gonzalez or Ryan Howard out in a big spot. He has good stuff but struggles with his command at times.
He'll also be able to take some of the pressure off the over-worked Rice's shoulders.