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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Lannan eventually will start Triple-A games

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Left-hander John Lannan initially will need to work out of the bullpen at Triple-A Las Vegas after reporting to the club in order to build up his pitch count. But the plan is to have Lannan enter the 51s rotation at some point shortly thereafter.

Lannan, 29, accepted a minor-league assignment on April 19 rather than declare free agency. A family matter thus far has kept him from joining the Triple-A club.

Lannan has not pitched in a game since logging one inning on April 13 at Anaheim. He threw no more than 33 pitches in any of his regular-season appearances with the Mets, so his pitch count will need to be built back up for starter's work.

Terry Collins has said the Mets would give Lannan the option of working as a starter or reliever in the minors -- whichever the southpaw thought was better for his career. Lannan had a 15.75 ERA in five appearances for the Mets this season while working out of the bullpen for the first time in his career.

Since Daisuke Matsuzaka's promotion to the majors, Dana Eveland has stepped into the Vegas rotation. Lannan presumably would eventually enter that slot.