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Mets release right-hander Kiko Calero

May 16, 2010, 2:54 PM EST

Back in March the Mets signed reliever Kiko Calero to a minor league contract, hoping he might come close to replicating his impressive 2009 stat line: a 1.95 ERA, 69 strikeouts and a .180 opponents’ batting average in 60 innings for the Marlins.  It hasn’t exactly worked out like that.

Kalero has allowed 24 runs — all of them earned — in only 17 innings this season at Triple-A Buffalo.  And was told Sunday that he’s been released, according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.

Calero has always struggled with injuries but is typically very sharp when healthy.  This year he’s been healthy, but frighteningly ineffective against a lower tier of competition.  Maybe another team will give him a shot.  He is 35 and has a 3.24 ERA and 1.20 career WHIP over seven major league seasons.

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