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Miguel Batista gets designated for assignment

Jul 22, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

Miguel Batista Reuters

The Miguel Batista experiment lasted all of one start, as the Mets designated the 41-year-old right-hander for assignment Sunday after he gave up four runs in three innings Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.

After spending the previous couple of months in middle relief, Batista was named Dillon Gee‘s rotation replacement. However, it appears Matt Harvey will come up next week and get a crack at the job.

Mets manager Terry Collins said he hoped Batista would clear waivers (likely) and would agree to pitch in the minors rather than elect for free agency (possible).

Harvey actually did just as bad as Batista yesterday, giving up six runs in five innings in a loss for Buffalo. Still, the 2010 first-round pick is worth a look. He’s 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA and a 112/48 K/BB ratio in 110 innings for Buffalo.

  1. derekjetersmansion - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Sucks he got DFA’d by the best team in baseball.

    • kkolchak - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      He’s a classic example of how you shouldn’t run your mouth unless you’ve got the game to back it up.

  2. arrooo - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Too little too late. Mets should’ve made a deal for bullpen help a week ago. Now they are under .500 . Too late now.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    4 runs in 3 innings is nothing. Jon Lester gave up 9 runs in the first 2 innings today. Overall, Lester gave up 9 runs in 4 innings. Boston should claim Batista.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      Correction. Lester gave up 11 runs over 4 innings. Batista would be an upgrade.

      • pisano - Jul 22, 2012 at 7:36 PM

        proudly…. gotta love that Boston rotation, what place are they in the east? Go Jays.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2012 at 7:40 PM

        Boston is still a .500 team, but yes they are currently last in the AL East. I feel sorry for their fans given all the ups and downs of the season.

    • paperlions - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      Dude, I know you are proud, which is great…but seriously, you are wondering into annoying Yankee/Red Sox/Phillie fan territory.

      I know it is hard, but every story is not about or related to the Blue Jays. Deep breaths, man…take some deep breaths.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:41 PM

        Kindly note paperlions that I did not mention the Blue Jays in this thread. I did mention Lester and Batista. Frankly, while Batista is a very interesting person and is a published poet and mystery writer, his baseball exploits at this point probably do not merit a thread. Lester, on the other hand, is a big name pitcher and his troubles on the mound are deserving of some commentary.

      • paperlions - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:45 AM

        So Lester gave up 9 runs in 2 innings to ghosts then?

  4. sumerduckman - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    That’s a shame. I was hoping he would get one of the starts in the upcoming series against the Nats.

  5. mianfr - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Honestly, there are too many teams around .500 in both leagues to abandon all hope yet. The Mets needed a lot of expectations to be outperformed to even get there, though, unlike, say, Tampa.

  6. bbk1000 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    Hmmmmm, a 41 year old pitcher with a career ERA of 4.49 did not make it as a starter? Seems like the Mets management were the only ones who didn’t see this coming.

    The Mets threw the towel in when the refused to get bullpen help, the season is over.

    That said, things will be better next year, it’s been a while since Mets fans have been able to say that with a straight face….

  7. Jonny 5 - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    His name is after all, Batista.

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