The New York Mets have demoted left-handed reliever Josh Edgin to make room for starter Shaun Marcum, reports Adam Rubin of the ESPN New York. Marcum is making his first start of the season this afternoon after landing on the DL with a neck injury during spring training.
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Edgin has struggled badly this season, posting a 9.64 ERA in 9 ⅓ innings. The 26-year-old lefty has shown some strong strikeout ability, with a 10.3 K/9 rate in 35 career innings but opposing batters have been hitting him hard recently, with a .414 batting average on balls in play and a .525 slugging percentage against him this year.
With Edgin headed upstate, the Mets are left with two left-handed relievers in their bullpen. 31-year-old Scott Rice, a veteran of fourteen minor league season who made his major league debut this year with the Mets, has emerged as the team’s primary lefty specialist. Rice has thrown eleven innings with a 2.45 ERA this season for
24-year-old Robert Carson is now the Mets second left-handed option out of the bullpen.
According to Rubin, Edgin will report to AA Binghamton. The Mets
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