Jerry Blevins set a record this season that he would surely relinquish if he had the opportunity to do so. Blevins suffered a broken left-arm when he was struck by a line drive in an April 19 game against the Miami Marlins. At the time of his injury, he set a major league record by retiring all 15 batters he faced for the season.
The left-handed reliever, who was acquired in a trade with the Washington Nationals in exchange for outfielder Matt den Dekker,
was the Mets most effective relief pitcher in April. In seven
appearances, Blevins had a spotless 0.00 ERA with four strikeouts in
five innings pitched, winning his only decision of the season in a 7-5
victory over the Marlins on April 16.
Blevins hoped that he would
have a chance to improve upon his record by returning to the Mets late
in the season to help them in their playoff run; however, those dreams
were dashed earlier this week when the Mets announced on Thursday that he re-injured his left arm, breaking the same bone he initially injured after slipping on a curb Monday.
In an effort to replace Blevins in the bullpen, the Mets acquired left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty from the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. An upset Blevins vented on Twitter about his injury
preventing him from contributing to the Mets playoff run. He sounded
like he would gladly trade giving up some base hits and the record he
currently set in order to have the opportunity to pitch again with the
Mets this season.
“Can't explain my disappointment & frustration about not putting on a Mets uniform again this year,” Blevins tweeted on Thursday. “I'll be back stronger. Let's Go Mets.”
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