The Mets are going to blow out Josh Edgin’s arm

Posted: April 11, 2013 in Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCADQ3WP8

Last season the Mets shut down lefty reliever Josh Edgin in September because they realized they had been using him so much in his rookie year. Terry Collins talked about how important it was to find a second lefty reliever to avoid overusing Josh Edgin. The Mets are carrying Scott Rice who has been okay but Terry has been reluctant to use Rice in a big spot, causing Josh Edgin to be used in EVERY type of game situation.

The Mets have used Edgin in six of the first nine games, sometimes for more than an inning. Terry has been using Edgin as a set up man and even as a long-man like last night. When Jeremy Hefner only gave the Mets three innings, for some reason Terry elected to bring out Edgin in the fourth for two innings despite a 5-1 deficit. Edgin looked sharp, striking out four in the two innings but he won’t be later in the summer if they keep using him every day.

Edgin is a vital piece to this new look Mets pen and they need him to play well all season.

The point is if the Mets continue to use Edgin like this, he will get seriously injured just like what the team did with Pedro Feliciano and Tim Byrdak. It’s not a coincidence that Feliciano set new records for appearances for a pitcher seemingly every year with the Mets.

Those two guys were overworked by Jerry Manuel and Terry Collins and both went under serious surgery and have yet to appear in a major league game since. Edgin, 26, is younger than those two but that doesn’t mean he can’t suffer an injury from being overworked too.

If the Mets continue to use “Everyday Edgin” in every type of game situation like they have, then they won’t have him in their bullpen long term.

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Comments
  1. Mark says:

    A bit biased don’t you think? Edgin and Rice have identical records and playing time. 5.2 innings, 6 games, and a 1.59 ERA. Burke and Hawkins have 4.2 innings. WAY too early to see a conspiracy going on.

  2. Steven Inman says:

    Mark, your right it’s still early and Rice has been used a lot too. I’m not talking a conspiracy, guys get overused and fatigued all the time, it’s pretty common. it seems like Edgin is the first guy up every game after he was shut down last year to limit his apperances. I’m saying this becasue the Mets have blown out their last two lefties Byrdak and Feliciano and I hope we don;t see it again because he has a good arm. Thanks for the comment Mark!

  3. Mark says:

    Steve I think it is more that the Terry has to go to his Bench more than he would like to. Had the the last 2 starters gone 6+ innings that would be 6 more innings he would not have had to use Edgin or Rice. Somehow we need some more depth in the starting rotation. Love your articles.

  4. Steven Inman says:

    Thanks so Mark, it means a lot to me for you to say that, ill keep up the articles, as for the bullpen yeah I think your right theyre all going to get worn out if they keep getting three innings out of their starters. Hopefully Niese gets it started tommorow night weather permitted. Thanks for the comment Mark!

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