The team called up Jason Vargas to start Thursday against the
Cubs. The 24-year-old lefty is 2-3 with a 5.30 ERA at Triple-A New
Orleans, but is 0-4 with an ERA over 9.00 in his last four outings.
The Alou move is retroactive to May 13. He is hitting .318 with
two homers and 13 RBIs, but is going on the DL for the 15th time in
Vargas has pitched in parts of the last two seasons for Florida.
Last year, he was in 12 games, including five starts, going 1-2
with a 7.33 ERA. He joined the Mets last November in the trade that
sent Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom to the Marlins. Vargas and
lefty Adam Bostick were sent to New York.
"He's been so-so," Randolph said, noting that Vargas pitched
very well this spring.
Shortstop Jose Reyes, who left the game in the eighth inning
with a slight tightness in his left hamstring, said after the game
he was fine and that he would play Thursday's day game.
Reyes said he hurt himself on the first swing of his at-bat in
"I felt a little cramp, no big deal," he said. "I've had so
many injuries to my hamstring before, I just have to be careful."
Randolph was noncommittal about whether Reyes would play
"We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Randolph said.