Scott Atchison has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with bone spurs in his pitching elbow. Collin McHugh was recalled from Las Vegas to take his place in the bullpen.
Atchison got off to a solid start with the Mets, but he has given up runs in five of his past nine appearances as his ERA has risen to 4.50.
McHugh has been pitching well in Triple-A — he is 3-2 with a 2.74 ERA in eight starts. Last season with the Mets he went 0-4 with a 7.59 ERA in eight games, half of them as a starter.
It will be interesting to see what happens if McHugh pitches well and Jeremy Hefner, Dillon Gee or Shaun Marcum continue to struggle. It is conceivable, as well as justifiable, that Collin McHugh could take the place of one of them.