Mets place Dellin Betances on IL, call up Trevor Hildenberger
New York Mets relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) pitches during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.  Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have placed right-hander Dellin Betances on the 10-day injured list because of a right shoulder impingement, per Newsday’s Tim Healey and others (via Twitter). Trevor Hildenberger will take his place on the active roster. Hildenberger will be added to the 40-man roster, which will now be full.

Betances, 33, made his first appearance of the season Wednesday. He surrendered one run in one inning of work without giving up a hit. He walked one and struck out one.

Injuries have been a central piece of Betances’ narrative since joining the Mets. He threw 11 2/3 innings last year in 15 appearances, finishing with a 7.71 ERA/4.91 FIP while striking out just 18.6% of hitters and struggling with his control. He had a 20.3% walk rate in 2020.

Hildenberger now becomes the latest solution to the Mets’ bullpen woes. The 30-year-old didn’t appear in the majors last season, signing a minor-league deal with the Red Sox but never making it to the roster. He does have 132 appearances from his time the Twins from 2017 to 2019. He was particularly good in his debut season back in 2017 when he made 37 appearances with a 3.21 ERA/3.02 FIP. The ball did not bounce his way the following two campaigns, however, when he posted a combined 6.35 ERA across 95 appearances totaling 89 1/3 innings, despite having a 4.58 FIP over that same span. An absurdly-high .459 BABIP over 22 appearances in 2019 might have been to blame for his bloated ERA that season.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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