What To Do With Tim Redding...

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 12, 2009

PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Tim Redding #44 of the New York Mets poses during photo day at Tradition Field on February 23, 2009 in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Tim Redding has made two starts in AAA Buffalo, Redding reports that he's healthy and ready to start his Mets' career. However, Jerry Manuel isn't so sure that there's room for Redding with Jon Niese pitching well.

This is my read; Manuel is trying to give Niese a morale boost before his start against Atlanta and give Redding a little prod.
Despite declaring himself healthy, Redding gave up three runs to minor leaguers and arrived in camp out of shape, which may have caused the stress on his shoulder that landed him on the DL.
Realistically, if Niese pitches well and Redding has to return, the Mets could send down struggling Sean Green, who has options.
Within the CBA a team has 30 days to return a pitcher ( 20 days positional players) to the active roster after his first rehab start, once the time period expires both sides have to agree to an extension but only with league approval.

Tim Redding pronounced himself 100-percent healthy after Monday's outing with Triple-A Buffalo. On the DL with a strained right rotator cuff, Redding tossed seven innings, allowed three runs, seven hits and one walk and struck out four. Manuel offered no guarantees Redding will get called up any time soon.

"I would say not if the young man continues to pitch well," he said, referring to today's starter, rookie Jon Niese. "I don't know what the laws are for that type of thing. But for me, if the guy is pitching well at the major-league level, I'd like to keep him at the major-league level." source Newsday