The Mets may call up C.J. Nitkowski in September

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C.J. Nitkowski may soon find himself back in the majors for the first time since 2005.

We mentioned about a month ago that Nitkowski had signed a minor league contract with the Mets. It was essentially a last-ditch effort to keep his career alive. And boy has he taken advantage of the opportunity. Now using a sidearm delivery, the 39-year-old southpaw has 13 strikeouts over 10 1/3 scoreless innings between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo.

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Nitkowski’s strong performance now has him “on the radar” for a call-up when rosters expand in September.

“He is certainly in the conversation,” a team official told Martino. “If he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll be up.”

The Mets obviously don’t have a lot going for them at this point of the season, but stories like this are what September call-ups are all about. Heck, given the state of the team’s bullpen, they could probably use the guy right now.