The Mets are planning to promote right-hander Jeremy Hefner from Triple-A Buffalo for Saturday's game at Toronto, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com.
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Hefner would allow the Mets to have coverage in case Miguel Batista has a short outing and also shake up a struggling bullpen.
The Mets did not announce the move, and it was not clear who would be the roster casualty. But Manny Acosta was charged with five runs in two innings Friday night in the Mets' 14-5 loss against the Blue Jays as his ERA ballooned to 10.53 and would be a logical candidate. It is not clear if there is otherwise a disabled-list candidate. Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Bobby Parnell and Tim Byrdak would not appear options, leaving only Ramon Ramirez otherwise unless Robert Carson would make an abrupt U-turn to the minors.
Hefner tossed three scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants in his major league debut on April 23 in Game 1 of a doubleheader, after which he immediately returned to Triple-A. Working as a starter with the Bisons, the 26-year-old Hefner is 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA in seven outings.
Buffalo is only a 90-minute drive from Toronto.