New York Mets Notes: Ryota Igarashi to the DL and the Bullpen Shuffle

Flushing Baseball DailyContributor IApril 21, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 20:  Ryota Igarashi #18 of the New York Mets pitches against the Chicago Cubs on April 20, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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As expected, the Mets have put right handed reliever Ryota Igarashi on the 15-day disabled list after he suffered a sprained left hamstring while fielding a bunt in the eighth inning last night. Righty Manny Acosta has been called up to take Igarashi’s spot in the bullpen.

Igarashi, who was signed out of Japan this offseason, has been pitching very effectively for the Mets through seven games so far. In his time here he has earned the 8th inning setup role with a 1.35 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, and a .136 BAA. Mets manager Jerry Manuel said before today’s game that in Igarashi’s absence they will go with a combo Pedro Feliciano and Fernando Nieve as the team’s setupmen.

Manuel also said he would consider using Jenrry Mejia in that role occasionally. He noted that pitching in pressure situations would probably help in his development.

Igarashi’s sprain has been termed a “moderate injury” by the Mets who have not given a timetable for his return.

Acosta has three years of major league experience under his belt, but has not yet ever pitched in a Mets uniform. Over 103 games in his career he has a 3.55 ERA in the major leagues. In five games in Triple-A Buffalo this season he has been impressive with nine strikeouts in 8.1 innings with a 2.16 ERA.