The Mets announced on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that John Lannan has been outrighted to the minors and Daisuke Matsuzaka has been brought up.
The news should not be a shock. Lannan has been awful in his first ever attempt to be a reliever. In four innings over five games, Lannan has allowed seven runs for a whopping ERA of 15.75. Of the seven hits he allowed, three went for home runs. He did win a game in his only effective outing; two scoreless innings in Anaheim last Saturday.
Mets Blog reports that Matsuzaka will pitch out of the bullpen. That should be interesting because just like John Lannan, Dice-K has never been a reliever before. He did make one relief appearance in 2011 for Boston; it did not go well. He allowed two runs and was the losing pitcher in a 13-inning game. Although that appeared to be one of those emergency situations in which a starter was needed in an extra inning game, so it is impossible to judge his performance.
Matsuzaka has been pitching well as a starter out in Vegas with a 2.25 ERA in two games, with 12 strikeouts over 12 innings.
The move also leaves the Mets with just one lefty in the bullpen. That would be Scott Rice, owner of a 13.50 ERA.