The New York Mets today announced lefthanded pitcher Jonathon Niese has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a mild strain of his right hamstring, retroactive to May 17. To complete the team’s 25-man roster, the Mets selected the contract of righthanded pitcher R.A. Dickey from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League. Dickey will wear uniform #43 and will be the starting pitcher for the Mets this evening in Washington.
The 35-year-old was 4-2 with a 2.23 ERA over eight starts with Buffalo. In 60.2 innings, he allowed 21 runs, 15 earned, while scattering 55 hits with eight walks and 37 strikeouts. The 6-2, 216-pound knuckleballer leads the International League in innings pitched and complete games (2) and is tied for the IL lead with one shutout.
On April 29, Dickey set a Buffalo-modern era record by retiring 27 straight hitters. The Nashville, TN native allowed Durham’s Fernando Perez to single on an 0-2 pitch to leadoff the game, and then retired the next 27 batters in order. He needed just 90 pitches, 68 strikes, for his second complete game of the season.
In six of his eight starts, Dickey has gone 8.0 or more innings, and has allowed more than three earned runs only once. In his last four starts with the Bisons he is 2-1 with a 1.31 ERA (five earned runs/31.0 innings).
Dickey has spent parts of seven seasons on the major league level with Texas, Seattle and Minnesota, combining to go 22-28 with a 5.43 ERA in 144 games, 48 starts. He most recently appeared in 35 games with the Minnesota Twins during the 2009 season, making 35 appearances, one start, and going 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA (33 earned runs/64.1 innings).
Niese, who underwent surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon in his right leg on August 6, 2009, is 1-2 with a 4.79 ERA (22 earned runs/41.1 innings) in his eight starts with the Mets this season.