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TC: Elvin natural choice for demotion

Elvin Ramirez

Elvin Ramirez

#62 RP
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM5
  • W0

  • L1

  • BB8

  • K6

  • ERA9.00

Terry Collins said it was the natural decision to demote rookie reliever Elvin Ramirez in order to clear the roster spot for the return of shortstop Ronny Cedeño from the disabled list. Ramirez had logged only seven innings, and made just five appearances, the entire month.

Collins noted that carrying six relievers is doable because the starting pitchers have been going deep into games. If the need arises, Collins added, Ramon Ramirez (currently on a rehab assignment) as well as Jenrry Mejia and Pedro Beato are pitching with Triple-A Buffalo and "very, very close" to being ready to join the Mets.

"First of all, Elvin's got to go start pitching," Collins said. "He's a young guy, got a huge future ahead of him. He's just not getting the work he needs to improve here. So we wanted to get him down and get him pitching, because I know -- as we all do -- most likely there's a good chance he's going to be back soon anyway. But he's got to go pitch. The other thing, with the way our starters have been going deep into games, it's been tough to give him enough work to keep him sharp."