Daniel Zamora has been optioned to the minors. The Mets have also released Caleb Joseph.
With Jacob deGrom pitching tomorrow on an extra day of rest, the Mets were in need of a fifth starter for tonight’s game. The team has announced via their game notes that Joey Lucchesi has been recalled to take the hill tonight against the Cardinals. To make room for Lucchesi on the active roster, Daniel Zamora has been optioned. Zamora was recalled by the Mets on Friday and did not appear in any games during his brief tenure on the roster.
Lucchesi has appeared in three games so far this season—two as a starter and one as a reliever—pitching to a 6.75 ERA in eight innings of work. He has struck out eleven hitters and walked two over that span. Although Lucchesi can be dangerous when his signature “churve” is working, it is likely that the Mets will not get depth out of him tonight and that the likes of Sean Reid-Foley and Robert Gsellman will have to do some heavy lifting in relief.
The Mets have also made another roster move today, unrelated to tonight’s starter. They have released catcher Caleb Joseph, according to MLB Trade Rumors. The Mets signed the former Orioles backup catcher in February. He recorded one hit and two walks in eleven spring training games and was cut toward the end of the spring. A defense-first catcher, the 34-year-old veteran has a career 67 wRC+ as a major leaguer over 1,367 plate appearances. With Patrick Mazeika already on the 40-man roster and the Mets having claimed Deivy Grullon off waivers from the Rays last week, this move does not come as much of a surprise.