The New York Mets recalled left-handed reliever Donnie Hart from Syracuse to take the injured Jacob Rhame’s spot in the bullpen.
The New York Mets did some roster shuffling Sunday before their 13-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, recalling left-handed reliever Donnie Hart.
The team announced the move on Twitter, and that Hart would be taking the spot of Jacob Rhame, who was placed on the injured list with elbow discomfort.
Jacob Rhame has been placed on the 10-day IL (right elbow discomfort) and LHP Donnie Hart has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. Hart was claimed off waivers from Milwaukee yesterday, he will wear #68. #Mets pic.twitter.com/cTLUWY5Szx
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 4, 2019
The injury comes at a bad time for Rhame, who had been recalled before Saturday’s 7-5 victory to replace Tyler Bashlor. Rhame had a good outing, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings with only one walk, and he stranded all three inherited runners he faced. The team had also claimed Hart off waivers prior to that victory from the Milwaukee Brewers.
Roster moves: We have recalled RHP Jacob Rhame and optioned Tyler Bashlor to Triple-A Syracuse. Additionally, we have claimed LHP Donnie Hart off waivers from Milwaukee and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 3, 2019
Hart threw a perfect eighth inning for the Mets Sunday afternoon, requiring just nine pitches to bridge the gap from Noah Syndergaard to Jeurys Familia. After Sunday’s game, Hart has thrown 7.2 scoreless innings in the majors this season, with four hits, four walks, and three strikeouts.
He hasn’t been quite as efficient in Triple-A, where he’s pitched for the San Antonio Missions (Brewers affiliate) of the Pacific Coast League. He’s pitched to a 4.10 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP across 37.1 innings. It should be noted that the PCL is known for it’s elevated run totals due to the high elevation of most of the ballparks.
The 28-year-old Hart spent three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles before joining the Brewers this season. In his career, he has a 3.17 ERA with a 1.48 WHIP across 88 innings. He’ll be asked to provide depth for the Mets in their bullpen.
Rhame, 26, has had limited success this season, pitching to a 4.26 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP in 6.1 innings. He has a 5.49 ERA in 19.2 innings with Syracuse, and he’s thrown one perfect inning with St. Lucie.
Across his three-year MLB career, Rhame has a 6.23 ERA in 47.2 innings pitched. Hart will hope to establish himself in the Mets bullpen before Rhame can reclaim his roster spot.