Carrasco to minors

April, 24, 2011
D.J. Carrasco, in the first month of a two-year, $2.4 million contract, is being optioned to Triple-A Buffalo -- allowing Dillon Gee to remain on the 25-man roster. Carrasco temporarily will work in the minor league rotation.

Gee presumably would work in long relief, but the role will not be completely firmed up until Tuesday. The arrangement may only last seven to 10 days, GM Sandy Alderson said.

"Once we make that decision, we'll see how long we can stand that configuration," Alderson said. "Obviously the choices [were] sending Carrasco down to get him back to where he can be, sending Gee back so that he's ready when we need him.

"Gee's role will change somewhat. It will depend on how things go and how we pitch and weather and so forth," the GM continued. "... Right now what we want is the most effective group of pitchers we can have. Dillon does have to move into a different role, but we want to see how he performs. In the meantime, we need to get Carrasco back to where he can be effective. What we have now, and the bullpen that we have currently, may only be in this configuration for seven to 10 days. ... [Gee] pitched well, and nobody else has pitched poorly enough to be substituted [in the rotation]. It's a happy conundrum at this point."

Assigning Gee to the bullpen runs counter to what Terry Collins had suggested on Saturday. The manager said: “I don’t think you take Dillon Gee and put him in the bullpen. No. 1, it’s still April. We’re going to need a starting pitcher. We’re not doing ourselves a favor by having him sit in that bullpen and not have a chance to pitch every five days.”

Carrasco, who had gone unused for a week, resurfaced Sunday in the eighth inning and allowed a run on two hits while only recording one out. That lifted his ERA to 5.91.

Ronny Paulino (rib cage muscle) is day-to-day with Buffalo, but is not expected to be activated from the DL on Tuesday when he is eligible to return. Alderson said the catcher must reappear for Buffalo before returning from the DL.

Angel Pagan (rib cage muscle) and Bobby Parnell (finger numbness) will leave for Port St. Lucie on Monday.

Adam Rubin

ESPN Staff Writer
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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