Erik Goeddel on track to return soon from disabled list

Erik Goeddel could come off the DL as early as Tuesday. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel rejoined the Class A St. Lucie Mets on Thursday and appears on track to be ready to return from the disabled list as soon as next week.

Goeddel's rehab assignment officially began this past Sunday. He recently was transferred to the 60-day DL to accommodate the addition of Tyler Clippard, but Goeddel is eligible to be activated on Tuesday.

Because Goeddel had so much past damage in his elbow, team doctors were unable to pinpoint the precise root of the problem that landed him on the DL and merely labeled it an elbow strain.

Goeddel received platelet-rich plasma therapy after a June 11 appearance with the New York Mets then rested the elbow for two weeks.

"I did the Tommy John rehab, basically, just because that's the most severe injury -- an accelerated version of that," Goeddel said. "It kept getting better. I guess it doesn't really matter what it was, as long as it's good now."

Goeddel, 26, has a 1.96 ERA in 23 innings for the Mets this season.