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Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Could start Wednesday in San Fran
The Mets are "leaning heavily" toward recalling Szapucki from Triple-A Syracuse to start Wednesday's game against the Giants, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Due to a doubleheader this past weekend in Colorado, the Mets will need to break a sixth starter into the rotation Wednesday, and Szapucki looks like the leading option to make a spot start. Arm injuries have slowed Szapucki's progression through the Mets' farm system since he was drafted in 2015, but he's been healthy and effective at Triple-A this season, submitting a 2.86 ERA and 1.32 WHIP while striking out 30 in 22 innings. If Szapucki does in fact get the call to start Wednesday, he'll most likely be sent back to Syracuse following the outing, but he could make a case to stick around as a back-end member of the rotation over Trevor Williams or David Peterson if he fares better than anticipated in what would be only his second MLB appearance.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Healthy at Triple-A
Szapucki (elbow) gave up two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out four over three innings in his season debut last Tuesday for Triple-A Syracuse.
Szapucki was shut down in July of last season after undergoing ulnar transposition surgery in his left elbow, but he received a clean bill of health heading into spring training. The 25-year-old lefty retains a spot on the Mets' 40-man roster, but he likely doesn't rank high on the list for a potential promotion into the big-league rotation.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Placed on 60-day injured list
Szapucki (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Szapucki had been on the injured list at the Triple-A level since mid-July after undergoing season-ending elbow surgery. He had to be recalled before he could be placed on the 60-day injured list, so he'll now be earning major-league pay and service time while he recovers.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Elbow surgery ends season
Szapucki underwent ulnar transposition surgery in his left elbow that will end his season, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
The procedure was necessary to repair a nerve issue in the lefty's pitching elbow. Szapucki appeared in one game for the Mets this season and struggled, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks in just 3.2 innings. It's unclear whether he'll be healthy for the start of spring training in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Optioned to Triple-A
Szapucki was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.
The young left-hander will return to the minors after getting tagged for six runs over 3.2 frames in his big-league debut Wednesday. Szapucki will hope for another chance in the majors this season but will head back to Syracuse for now.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Lit up in MLB debut
Szapucki made his MLB debut out of the bullpen in Wednesday's 20-2 loss to Atlanta, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over 3.2 innings.
New York was already trailing by eight runs when Szapucki was summoned from the bullpen in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the 25-year-old did little to clot the bleeding. Szapucki threw only 42 of his 82 pitches for strikes, and he was hit hard when he found the zone, giving up two home runs and two doubles. The Mets could have an opening in the rotation Monday against Milwaukee after Wednesday's starter, David Peterson, exited early with side soreness, but Szapucki may have disqualified himself from spot-start consideration after his ugly showing in Atlanta.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Recalled by Mets
The Mets recalled Szapucki from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
One of the organization's higher-ranked pitching prospects, Szapucki has a 4.41 ERA through 34.2 innings at Triple-A this season after allowing at least three runs in three consecutive outings. The lefty is built up as a starter, so he'll likely temporarily fill the fifth spot in the Mets' rotation, which had been occupied by Jerad Eickhoff, who was demoted in a corresponding move. He likely won't be around for long -- just until Marcus Stroman (bereavement) is ready to return.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Whiffs seven in Triple-A start
Szapucki struck out a season-high seven batters and allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits and one walk over five innings in his most recent start Friday for Triple-A Syracuse.
Szapucki was making his second start for Syracuse since being returned from the minors after he had served as the Mets' 27th man for the team's May 27 doubleheader with the Rockies. The Mets ultimately didn't need him to provide length out of the bullpen, but the 24-year-old lefty may not have to wait much longer before making his big-league debut. Due to doubleheaders June 19 (in Washington) and June 21 (versus Atlanta), the Mets will soon need to add sixth and seventh starters to the mix on a temporary basis, and Szapucki would appear to be a strong candidate to fill one of the openings.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Recalled for doubleheader
Szapucki was recalled by the Mets to serve as the 27th man in Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Rockies, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Szapucki began the 2021 campaign with Triple-A Syracuse and has recorded a 2.77 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 13 innings across three appearances (two starts). He'll be available to make his major-league debut out of the bullpen during Thursday's nightcap but will likely head back to the minors following the twin bill.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Joins 60-man player pool
Szapucki was added to the Mets' player pool Monday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Szapucki has yet to reach Triple-A and has thrown just four Double-A innings, so he's unlikely to be one of the first names the Mets call on this season. He did cruise to a 2.63 ERA and a 27.3 percent strikeout rate across three levels of the minors last season, showcasing his talent, so there's a chance he skips a level and makes his big-league debut at some point this year.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Option for taxi squad
Szapucki is a strong candidate for a spot on the taxi squad for the Mets, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
Injuries have limited the southpaw to only 145 minor-league innings since being drafted in the fifth round in 2015, but Szapucki has still flashed upside when he's been on the mound, posting a 2.63 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 72:26 K:BB in 61.2 innings across three levels in 2019. If the 23-year-old does wind up in the mix for the Mets this season, he could make his big-league debut in relief.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Healthy this spring
Szapucki reported to camp healthy this spring, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
He was scratched from the Arizona Fall League roster in order to give his arm some rest, but if he was injured at all, the time off allowed him to get right. Szapucki was added to the 40-man roster after returning from Tommy John surgery last year to make 11 appearances at Low-A, nine appearances at High-A and one start at Double-A. He figures to return to Double-A whenever the minor-league season gets underway and could reach the majors in 2021.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Added to 40-man roster
Szapucki's (arm) contract was purchased from Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
This move protects the southpaw from the Rule 5 draft. He was scratched from the Arizona Fall League roster after ending the year on the 7-day injured list. The team has not provided an official injury, just saying that Szapucki was going to rest his arm for a while. While his season ended on a slightly ominous note, it had been a successful first year back from Tommy John surgery from a performance standpoint. He will likely open back at Double-A and should spend most of the year at Triple-A.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Scratched from AFL roster
Szapucki (arm) was scratched from the Arizona Fall League roster after ending the season on the 7-day injured list with Double-A Binghamton, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
It was a very successful first full season back from Tommy John surgery for the 23-year-old southpaw, but it ends on an ominous note. He logged a 2.63 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 72:26 K:BB in 61.2 innings across stops at Low-A, High-A and Double-A. Szapucki will need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason, which is why the Mets pushed him aggressively to the upper levels of the minors. A Mets official told Healey that they are "going to give his arm a rest for a little while", so there is not necessarily an actual injury, it may just be general soreness for a pitcher who just set a career high in innings pitched. If he comes to camp healthy, Szapucki will likely open the year back at Double-A and could be an option to join the big-league rotation later in the summer.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Fans nine at High-A
Szapucki gave up four hits and two walks over five scoreless innings while striking out nine for High-A St. Lucie on Monday.
The nine strikeouts were a season high for the southpaw. Szapucki has looked sharp since a promotion to the Florida State League, posting a 2.03 ERA and 19:5 K:BB through 13.1 innings over four outings, but the Mets continue to keep a tight rein on his workload in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Getting stretched out at Low-A
Szapucki tossed four scoreless, no-hit innings for Low-A Columbia on Friday, walking one and striking out four.
While the performance itself was noteworthy, Szapucki also set new season highs by lasting four innings and 50 pitches. The Mets have been taking it very easy on the 23-year-old southpaw after he missed all of 2018 recovering from Tommy John surgery, but given his age plus a 2.08 ERA and 26:10 K:BB through 21.2 innings for Columbia, he seems ready to face stiffer competition.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Thomas Szapucki: Ready to make up for lost time
Szapucki is listed as healthy for Low-A Columbia, Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com reports.
He underwent Tommy John surgery in July of 2017 and missed all of 2018, but it sounds like he's ready to make up for lost time. Szapucki made six strong starts at Low-A in 2017 before suffering a torn UCL, so if he looks like his old self, he could quickly receive a promotion to High-A.... See More ... See Less
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