LOS ANGELES -- Left-hander Sean Gilmartin pitched solidly in the New York Mets' bullpen last season, going 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 50 appearances (one start). But with his season as a Rule 5 pick now over and Gilmartin no longer required to remain at the major league level, the Mets had Gilmartin open this season at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Gilmartin said he was not consumed with opening the season in the minors.
"Obviously I wanted to be here, and everything like that," said Gilmartin, who joined the Mets on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. "But once that decision was made for me to be optioned, I put everything I had into helping Las Vegas win games. I think that's something that helped me out in that transition.
"Obviously I kept up with how the team was doing and everything like that. But I didn't let what was going on up here affect or dictate what I was doing down there."
Gilmartin went 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six starts for Las Vegas to open this season. He had been a starter throughout his career before being assigned to the bullpen last season.
He will work as a reliever through the weekend as the Mets carry an extra arm. Infielder Wilmer Flores was placed on the disabled list with a left-hamstring strain as the corresponding move.
The Mets wanted to be covered with enough relievers for this weekend's three-game series at hitter-friendly Coors Field. Verrett is expected to start Saturday in Denver in place of Steven Matz. Matz remains on the active roster, but is being skipped a turn because of forearm soreness.