Lefty Scott Rice gets last spot in Mets bullpen

Posted: April 1, 2013 in News

By Steven InmanimagesCADQ3WP8

After 14 minor league seasons, lefty reliever Scott Rice has made the Mets bullpen. The Mets will carry eight relievers until Shaun Marcum comes off the disabled list for his start against the Marlins. Terry Collins has said all along that he wanted two lefties in the pen. Rice, 31, has allowed lefties to bat just a slash line of .184/.263/.253 against him while posting an outstanding 11.32 strikeouts per nine against them. Rice has never made a big league roster after being drafted as a 17-year old and spending time in 14 minor league seasons including a stint with the Long Island Ducks.

Rice is a nice story and he beat out fellow lefties Robert Carson and Pedro Feliciano so the Mets staff must have liked what they saw. Rice will probably be used strictly against lefties and his time in the majors will depend on how he does at that job.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Today’s the day. I like the idea of a journeyman minor leaguer who throws left making the squad on opening day. Carson was apparently not ready and Feliciano needs to get stronger. Let the games begin and Lets Go Mets! Mike

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