“Josh Edgin isn’t worried about the possibility the Mets might be overusing him,” writes Mike Puma of the New York Post.
“I just want to pitch. I don’t care,” Edgin said, according to Puma.
Edgin has appeared in seven of the last nine games and is up to 65 appearances for the season between the Minor Leagues and the Major Leagues – he is 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 24 relief appearances with the Mets this season.
Michael Baron, ContributorI would hope Edgin wants to get the ball at every opportunity. I would be concerned if he indicated he wanted to pass the baton to somebody else in a situation where he could help the team win. However, that doesn’t mean it’s good for him to pitch at the rate he’s been going. The last thing the Mets need right is another arm injury related to overuse, especially after Terry Collins suggested Tim Byrdak’s injury is the result of wear and tear. Yeah, Edgin is young, whereas Byrdak is nearing the end of his career, but that doesn’t mean he can pitch everyday, even if he’s coming into face a batter at a time.
I’d like to see Terry tone down Edgin’s usage, and go to Robert Carson more. If Carson is on the roster, he needs to pitch too and the Mets need to see what he’s made of, especially in situations where he has the greatest chance for success. So far, that appears to be against left-handed hitters – Carson did an outstanding job getting Ryan Howard and Chase Utley out during their most recent series against the Phillies.