Sean Gilmartin rejoins Mets after successful month in Vegas rotation

Lefty Sean Gilmartin went 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six starts with Triple-A Las Vegas. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

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.

Jim Henderson and direct competitor Logan Verrett earned the final two Opening Day bullpen spots.

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.