The Mets have recalled LHP Robert Carson from Triple-A Las Vegas.
In eight games with the 51s, Carson is 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA, having allowed a a run on two hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings this season.
To make room on the active roster for Carson, the Mets have designated LHP Aaron Laffey for assignment.
In four appearances and two starts for the Mets, Laffey had a 7.20 ERA, allowing eight earned runs on 16 hits with four walks and nine strikeouts in ten innings.
The 40-man roster now stands at 39.
Michael Baron, Contributor9:48 am: Laffey just had to go. I felt it was appropriate to give him a second start, and the cold weather might have provided for an unfair evaluation of what Laffey can do, but today was more of the same under much better weather conditions. He has a below average fastball and was unable to throw it for quality strikes. His secondary stuff wasn’t good enough to fool the opposition consistently, and big league hitters just hammered him. It’s too bad, but he just didn’t pitch big league-caliber baseball for the Mets.
Updated from 6:50 am: This was completely expected. The Mets needed to do something about both their rotation and the left side of the bullpen, and so I expect this is one of several moves coming over the next week. If Marcum is ready, they’ll have to make a roster move for him, and if the Mets are considering making another move for the rotation – such as promoting Collin McHugh – then somebody else needs to go down. They don’t have to make any 40-man roster moves in these cases, and now that there’s an open spot on the 40-man roster, they have the flexibility to add somebody without having to cut somebody else, such as Omar Quintanilla.