Schwinden's debut scheduled for Thursday

September, 6, 2011
Right-hander Chris Schwinden will make his major league debut starting Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, Terry Collins said.

Schwinden joined the Mets on Tuesday in Miami, along with first baseman Valentino Pascucci and outfielder Mike Baxter.

Left-hander Mike O'Connor was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot.

“It’s a real honor to be here. It’s a real shocker I’m up here so far,” Schwinden said.

Pascucci, 32, last appeared with the Montreal Expos in 2004.

Pascucci’s first major league homer -- the first of two in his career -- actually came in Miami off Florida’s Nate Bump on Sept. 15, 2004. The other came against the Mets’ Al Leiter on Oct. 2 of that year.

The following day, Pascucci had three hits in the final game in Expos history.

“I got to play in the last Montreal game in Montreal (as well),” Pascucci said. “It was exciting. It was a packed house. And they were showing all the old highlights in between innings from different players. And then a lot of fans came down to New York to see the last game ever.”

As for the lengthy gap between major league appearances, Pascucci said: “That’s all you can do is go out and play and hope somebody takes notice. I went to Japan for a couple of years, got to play for Bobby Valentine over there. It was a great experience. I came back in ’07, and that was the ultimate goal -- to get back to the big leagues.”
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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