A report on Friday says the Mets have placed pitcher Chris Schwinden on waivers. ESPNNewYork.com says that Schwinden’s place on the 40-man roster will be used for reliever Elvin Ramirez, who is expected to be in the bullpen for Friday night’s game against the Cardinals.
Dumping Schwinden is completely justifiable — he has failed whenever the Mets have given him the chance to prove himself. In two starts and one relief appearance he has compiled a 12.46 ERA in 8.2 innings with just one strikeout.
He started four games for the Mets late last season and while he didn’t particularly distinguish himself (0-2, 4.71 ERA, 17 strikeouts in 21 innings), he showed enough to be considered for a role this year. But he couldn’t seize the opportunity.
The Mets still have one more roster move to make — Josh Thole will be activated from the disabled list. It’s unclear if the Mets will continue with Mike Nickeas or if they will make a change and leave Rob Johnson as the backup catcher.