Ramirez demoted for Olson

August, 7, 2012
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The Mets made room for left-hander Garrett Olson's promotion by demoting Elvin Ramirez to Triple-A Buffalo. The team also transferred Dillon Gee to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot.

With Atlanta coming to Citi Field this weekend, the Mets wanted to make sure they had enough lefties in their bullpen to counter Atlanta's lineup. Olson will wear No. 38 and was 4-7 with a 4.56 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo, primarily pitching as a starter.

"We thought we should have another lefty in the bullpen and Garrett had a very good outing the other day," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's pitched pretty well out of the bullpen so he was the choice from the guys in Buffalo to come fill that role. You head into Atlanta with all those left-handed hitters they have, you better have some help for Josh (Edgin). That's why he's here."

Collins also said that Olson would be the lefty to face multiple batters, while Edgin will slide into Tim Byrdak's former role as the one-out lefty. The team will also be cautious with Edgin's innings as he's just one year removed from Single-A.

The Mets will need to make a second roster move this weekend to clear a roster spot for Johan Santana, who confirmed Tuesday he is ready to return from the DL to face the Braves on Saturday.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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