Font is expected to transition to a relief role after the Mets announced that Jason Vargas (hamstring) would return from the 10-day injured list to start Saturday against the Tigers, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. After beginning the season as a full-time reliever for Tampa Bay, Font immediately entered a banged-up Mets rotation when he was acquired May 6. The right-hander found minimal success in his three starts, giving up nine runs on 12 hits and six walks over 10.1 innings. With Vargas' impending return putting the New York rotation back at full strength, Font will presumably work as a mop-up man out of the bullpen rather than handling any meaningful setup work in front of closer Edwin Diaz.
Font didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 5-3 win over the Nationals, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks over four innings while striking out three. The right-hander threw 45 of 75 pitches for strikes and once again failed to last long enough to qualify for a win despite being staked to a 4-0 lead through three innings. Font now maintains a 6.66 ERA and 24:11 K:BB through 24.1 innings and will likely move back to the bullpen with Jason Vargas (hamstring) expected to return from the 10-day injured list and rejoin the rotation for this weekend's series with the Tigers.
Font will start Monday against the Nationals despite reports from earlier in the day suggesting he'd work out of the bullpen, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Font and his 7.08 ERA seemingly didn't inspire much confidence from the Mets, but the team evidently viewed him as the best option in the end. With seven runs allowed in 6.1 innings over his last two starts, Font is unlikely to inspire much confidence in fantasy owners, either, and it's difficult to envision him going very deep into Monday's contest, as he's yet to throw more than four innings in any outing this season.
Font will work out of the bullpen for Monday's game against the Nationals, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. The Mets are still down a regular rotation member in Jason Vargas (hamstring), but the team will try its luck Monday with Drew Gagnon as a temporary fifth starter after Font disappointed in his two turns. Font worked a total of 6.1 innings between those outings, surrendering seven runs on nine hits and two walks. He'll likely see most of his usage moving forward as a mop-up reliever.
The Mets haven't committed to keeping Font in the rotation the next time a fifth starter is needed Monday against the Nationals, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Jason Vargas (hamstring) won't return from the 10-day injured list until at least next weekend while he completes at least one minor-league rehab assignment beforehand, so the Mets will require a spot starter yet again. Font was immediately inserted into the rotation after being acquired from the Rays on May 6, but he's failed to make a positive impression with seven runs allowed over 6.1 innings between his two starts. If New York decides to shift Font back to a bullpen role, long reliever Drew Gagnon would be the top candidate to receive the starting nod Monday.