Thursday, May 15, 2014
Edgin returns ... and Rice rejoices
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- The happiest person to see newly promoted Josh Edgin on Thursday afternoon in the clubhouse may have been Scott Rice.
"When I first walked in, he gave me a hug," Edgin said.
Rice has appeared in 20 of the Mets' first 39 games, and may have appeared in more had he not recently been dealing with a balky back. Sandy Alderson insisted one major motivation for dropping Kyle Farnsworth was the Mets needed a second lefty in the bullpen to complement Rice. (Alderson added that the choice of dropping Farnsworth over Jose Valverde was clear cut.)
Edgin's velocity sagged during spring training -- he was in the upper 80s. But in the appearances before his promotion, pitching coach Dan Warthen said, Edgin was comfortably registering 93-95 mph and even touching 98 mph at time.
Edgin said he made a mechanical adjustment. During his delivery, his shoulders had become "hunched over" instead of him remaining more upright. As a result, his arm angle changed.
As for being among the first players cut from big-league camp during spring training, Edgin admitted he was surprised.
"It caught me off guard," he said. "Things happen for a reason, whether you know that reason or not. Yeah, it caught me off guard. I was not necessarily going into it expecting to have a job. I was thinking that I had a good chance at getting a job, and that's why it caught me off guard."
Edgin had a doubly positive day Tuesday. He was in Florence, S.C., as his wife Cari gave birth to their second child, daughter Tenley Anderson. Tuesday night he received the call to travel to New York for potential activation.