So far so good for New York Mets reliever Pedro Beato, who is recovering from the rotator cuff inflammation that has sidelined him since the Spring. Yesterday the 25-year-old righty completed his second rehab outing for Single-A St. Lucie, tossing one inning of scoreless ball while striking out two.
The plan seems to be for Pedro to build his arm strength a bit before moving to Buffalo and eventually rejoining the big league club when ready. That move would presumably push a struggling Manny Acosta or newly recalled Robert Carson back down to Triple-A. Beato, a rule 5 pick from the Orioles back in December of 2011, was 2-1 for New York last season with 11 holds.
With the Mets bullpen being taxed and wildly inconsistent throughout the season, it will be nice to have another arm in the mix. Beato showed he has the tools to compete at the major league level throughout 2011 and for a short time was borderline untouchable. In his first 18 2⁄3 innings the then rookie allowed no earned runs, setting the Mets franchise record for longest scoreless inning streak to start a career. I’m sure Mets fans wouldn’t take issue with the youngster starting his 2012 campaign in a similar fashion.
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