December 9, 2022

Mets lose key reliever for weeks, see bullpen plans affected

New York Mets right-hander Trevor May will be out for a while. He has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in the lower part of his humerus and will be forced to be on the shelf for the next 8-12 weeks.

He had allowed eight earned runs in 8.1 innings to open 2022, and while most relievers are used to pitching with some kind of pain, he knew something was wrong. An MRI confirmed that, and the Mets now have a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

On Wednesday, you could definitely see that May, while not really throwing well, will miss the Mets bullpen. Fellow right-hander Adam Ottavino was asked to pitch for a third straight day, and he came in with the bases loaded. He walked in a run and conceded a two-run double to the next batter. After an RBI single he left the game, but the damage was done.

A lopsided loss for the Mets

In the end, the Mets lost 9-2 to the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. “It was sort of a by-product of having to compete with our guys yesterday to win those two games,” manager Buck Showalter told MLB.comtalking about the Mets’ double sweep against the Braves on Tuesday.

Without May, everyone in the bullpen will have to step up. Yesterday Showalter opted to go with Ottavino because Edwin Diaz is exclusively a closer, Drew Smith had pitched two innings on Tuesday, they’d rather not use Seth Lugo on consecutive days, and southpaws Chasen Shreve and Joely Rodriguez don’t weren’t really options against the right-handed Travis D’Arnaud with the bases loaded.

“They probably wouldn’t have asked if those guys were there,” Ottavino said. “But to be honest, I felt good. And I like pitching a lot. I have good numbers on the third day in a row, so I can’t use that as an excuse.

Either way, Mets relievers will now have to step up their game.