Germen up, Lutz down

NEW YORK -- The Mets have called up reliever Gonzalez Germen and demoted infielder Zach Lutz, the team announced Tuesday before its game against Arizona.

The Mets made the move around an hour before first pitch. They had been previously speculating whether to put starter Shaun Marcum on the disabled list, according to a New York Post report.

Zach Lutz

Zach Lutz

#19 3B
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM4
  • HR0

  • RBI0

  • R1

  • OBP.500

  • AVG.250

Marcum, who started Monday against Arizona, was seen pointing to his shoulder area and rolling his neck while in the dugout. After the game, he said he didn't have any concerns about his health.

The veteran started the season on the disabled list with shoulder and neck pain that stemmed from an inflamed nerve in his neck. He received a shot to help calm the nerve.

Marcum, who signed a one-year, $4-million deal with incentives in the offseason, has been a disappointment thus far. He's 1-9 with a 5.03 ERA in 13 games. He started the season 0-9 before beating the White Sox on June 26. His nine losses are tied for the fifth-most in baseball.

Germen was 3-3 with a 5.70 ERA in 34 games for Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2007.

The Mets called up Germen instead of bringing back reliever Greg Burke because this roster move did not involve a player going on the disabled list. Players must wait 10 days to return after being demoted, and Burke was sent down on June 25. He's eligible to return to Flushing on Friday.

Lutz played in just four games for the Mets, batting 1-for-4 while walking twice.