Chris Schwinden heading to Toronto as part of taxi squad

Chris Schwinden will be on the team’s taxi squad for tomorrow’s game against the Blue Jays, the team announced.

Earlier today, Miguel Batista strained a muscle in his lower back, and Terry Collins said after today’s game it was possible he could go on the disabled list.

Earlier this season, Schwinden was ineffective as a starting pitcher for the Mets, going 0-1 with an 11.25 ERA in eight innings over two starts.

However, Schwinden has gone 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA in seven starts with Triple-A Buffalo so far this season.

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Before today’s game against the Blue Jays, Terry Collins said the Mets would add another player to the bench when they return to National League play against the Pirates on Monday.

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Michael Baron: If the Mets activate Schwinden, that would eliminate the possibility of Jordany Valdespin returning on Monday. Players who have been optioned must remain in the minor leagues for at least ten days before being considered for a recall unless a major league player is placed on the disabled list. Schwinden would be the player replacing the injured Batista. The Mets might be able to recall Vinny Rottino for Monday’s game considering he will have been in the minor leagues for ten days, but, as Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says, it depends on how the rule is really defined and when the clock officially started for him. If Rottino is a no-go, Josh Satin could be the ideal choice considering he’s already on the 40-man roster.

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In 40 games for the Bisons this season, Satin has hit .265 with two home runs and 12 RBI with nine doubles in 132 at-bats.