Mets may go southpaw-free in pen for game

June, 11, 2011
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Left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak is expected to miss at least one day of the next series in Atlanta due to a death in his family, but Terry Collins said he is unsure whether the Mets will use the bereavement list to call up a player.

That’s because if Byrdak is placed on the bereavement list to free up a roster spot, he must be out at least three days (and a maximum of seven).

“I’m not sure it’s going to be a three-day deal,” Collins said about the length of Byrdak's absence.

Even though the Braves have lefty hitters Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann, Collins said “if it’s only one day, we can probably get by” with no left-hander in the bullpen.

If the Mets dipped to Triple-A, Mike O’Connor would be eligible to return since Sunday marks 10 days in the minors -- the minimum time period required after a demotion before returning. Justin Hampson, Taylor Tankersley and Pat Misch also are southpaws with the Bisons.

An alternative would be to bring up a lefty from Buffalo without placing Byrdak on the bereavement list by demoting a right-handed reliever.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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