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Rottino Up; Schwinden Down; Hefner to Rotation

Posted By Howard Megdal On May 21, 2012 @ 3:19 pm In Player moves | Comments Disabled

A few pieces of business to get to before the Mets take on the Pirates starting tonight.
Vinny Rottino, the flexible corner infielder/outfielder with catching privileges, is up and starting tonight at first base. Chances he can become a star, after a long, middling minor league career? Minimal. Chances he can outhit Mike Nickeas at catcher and Ike Davis so far at first base? Pretty good, actually. So he’s a nice bat to add. I sure wouldn’t mind seeing him get the ABs against lefties at catcher when Josh Thole returns.
The other piece is that Jeremy Hefner, who had a stellar relief outing this weekend, will replace Miguel Batista in the rotation. Batista has a lower back injury that knocked him out of action.
Hefner isn’t a guy who strikes many out, though he did have five Ks in the weekend’s relief performance. Point is, why not? He’s not going to be much different, in all likelihood, than Schwinden, and if not Hefner, the Mets could instead rush Chris Young back or prematurely promote Jenrry Mejia. And those are not real options.
So, hope the Mets win several throwing their top three pitchers at the Pirates, a good combination, you’d think. And then cross your fingers every fifth day for now. Here’s hoping Hefner figured something out on Saturday.

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