The Mets demoted pitcher Logan Verrett to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, a day after a disastrous start against the Padres in which he yielded eight runs in 2 2/3 innings of work. Verrett, however, had been complaining of neck discomfort so his agents are attempting to have his demotion rescinded and have him placed on the major league disabled list instead, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin.
Mets assistant GM John Ricco said a recent MRI of Verrett’s neck didn’t indicate anything concerning. However, the results of that MRI are being sent to Dr. Robert Watkins in California for a second opinion. As Rubin notes, Watkins is the same doctor that has treated David Wright and Lucas Duda.
Verrett, 26, has had a rough year for the Mets. In 12 starts and 18 relief appearances, the right-hander has a 5.36 ERA and a 59/40 K/BB ratio in 85 2/3 innings.