Mets promote Erik Goeddel to cover worn-down bullpen, demote Logan Verrett

MILWAUKEE -- New York Mets right-hander Logan Verrett's unsuccessful spot start on Saturday cost him a roster spot.

Verrett was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday morning, with the Mets calling up reliever Erik Goeddel to cover a depleted bullpen. Assistant general manager John Ricco indicated that Goeddel would arrive from Albuquerque, New Mexico, in time to potentially contribute in the series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Jim Henderson beat out Goeddel for a bullpen spot out of spring training, despite Goeddel posting a 2.43 ERA in 35 relief appearances last season with the Mets.

Goeddel had a 4.94 ERA in 21 relief appearances in the Pacific Coast League this season. He allowed 24 hits and 13 walks in 23 2/3 innings. However, Goeddel had limited opponents to two hits and no walks while striking out six in 4 1/3 innings over his last four appearances with the 51s.

"His performance of late has been a lot better," Ricco said. "He struggled early on, and it's hard to get those numbers back down."

Verrett lasted only four innings in a spot start on Saturday. He allowed five runs via three homers, including one to opposing pitcher Wily Peralta. After tossing 12 scoreless innings in two spot starts in April while filling in for Jacob deGrom, Verrett has lasted a combined 6 2/3 innings in his last two spot starts. His ERA now stands at 4.02.