According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have a rule in the minors that prohibits pitchers from being used three straight days. Yet now, in the absence of Tim Byrdak, rookie left-hander Josh Edgin has been used in six games in a seven-day span in the major league bullpen.
Are the Mets using Edgin too much, putting him at risk of injury, like the excessive work that may have contributed to Byrdak requiring shoulder surgery? Or, at the very least, are they taking life out of Edgin’s arm, which might have a negative impact on his 2013 performance?
After all, Edgin has made 63 relief appearances so far this season between the majors and minors. That’s a jump from 49 last year in Class A ball and 20 in his first professional season, in 2010.
Had the 63 relief appearances all been made at the major league level, Edgin would be one shy of the National League leader, the Chicago Cubs’ Shawn Camp.
Edgin was drafted in 2009 but signed late and din’t start his pro career with the ...