Jose Valverde allowed three runs in an inning of work Saturday night against the Braves — the latest in a string of rough outings. So manager Terry Collins decided Sunday morning to make a change:
Farnsworth has been pretty sharp this season in a setup role with the Mets, but the 38-year-old right-hander posted an ugly 4.70 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 28/10 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings last summer between the Pirates and Rays. This is doubtful to end well. Though it’s not like Collins has a bunch of better options.
As expected, free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan held a throwing session for teams today as he attempts to land a contract in his return from Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe was told by someone who attended the session that he “looked great.”
It would probably be easier to list who wasn’t at Hanrahan’s throwing session today, as Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that 18-20 teams were on hand. The Mets were among them and could be a good fit for potential save opportunities, as Bobby Parnell is done for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and Jose Valverde might not have much left in the tank. While Hanrahan is making progress with his rehab, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star hears that he might not be ready until June.
Hanrahan, 32, made nine appearances with the Red Sox last season prior to undergoing surgery. He saved 76 games for the Pirates from 2011-2012.
Working in a non-save situation with a five-run lead last night Jose Valverde served up a pair of home runs to the Diamondbacks before eventually finishing up a Mets victory. He now has a 6.14 ERA in seven appearances, including allowing three homers to the last eight batters he faced, but manager Terry Collins is sticking with the 36-year-old in the closer role.
Collins excused Valverde’s performance last night, telling Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the non-save situation probably removed the right-hander’s adrenaline.
It’s not as if the Mets have any slam-dunk options to replace the injured Bobby Parnell as closer and if they thought Valverde was the best choice for the job a week ago his giving up a few homers shouldn’t really change that, but there’s little evidence to suggest that he’s still a late-inning caliber reliever at this point, adrenaline or not.
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