Niese lasted only 4 2-3 innings today against the Braves, allowing five earned runs on seven hits.
The game went 12 innings as well, forcing the Mets to use every reliever. Figueroa’s addition will add a rested arm to the bullpen.
The question here is: Where is Tim Redding? Redding is said to be ready after rehabbing with Buffalo and will probably be activated for Niese’s spot in the rotation when it comes around again.
Does that mean Figueroa gets sent down again? Maybe the Mets will play with a short bench, putting Carlos Delgado on the DL and using his roster spot for Redding?
None of those questions can be answered just yet, but the Mets have done quite a questionable job with their roster shuffling in 2009, this just presents another hurdle in the road.
Figueroa has become a fan favorite around the Citi, so I know a few people that will be glad he’s back with the big club.