A 12-inning game, an early exit for Zack Wheeler and a rare April stretch of 12 games without a day off had the Mets reaching for extra relief help. After Friday’s game against the Marlins, the Mets added Paul Sewald to the roster. To make room for Sewald, they designated Ty Kelly for assignment.
Sewald, ranked 28th on my top 50 list, has done well in the upper level of the minors, as well as this year in Grapefruit League play. He’s earned comparisons to Addison Reed, in his ability to pitch above his stuff. He’s worked out with Greg Maddux in the offseason and hopefully has picked up a few tricks from the Hall of Famer.
Kelly made the Opening Day roster despite not being on the 40-man roster heading into camp. The Mets made room for him when Jeurys Familia was placed on the restricted list for his 15-game suspension. Kelly’s spot was going to be in jeopardy once Familia was eligible for reinstatement. Now Sewald may be on the hot seat.
If David Wright is moved to the 60-day DL, that could open the necessary roster spot when Familia returns.