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Mets veteran reliever lands on IL amid flawless start to season

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The Mets announced left-hander Brooks Raley has been placed on the 15-day injured list due to elbow inflammation. Justice Grant Hartwig was called up from Triple-A in the corresponding move.

Raley has been untouchable this season, posting an unblemished 0.00 ERA (with two hits and three walks) through seven innings out of the New York bullpen. He last pitched on Friday, throwing 20 pitches in two-thirds of an inning in the Mets’ 9-4 win over the Dodgers. Raley’s previous appearance was on Monday, so it could be that he was trying to get rid of his elbow soreness after a few days, or maybe his elbow just started barking after Friday’s game.

It was almost exactly a year ago that Raley was also placed on the Mets’ 15-day IL due to a bout of elbow inflammation, and he was able to return after only a minimal absence. Raley and the Mets can only hope this latest injury is also minor, as Raley plays an important role as the team’s primary left-handed reliever. With Raley sidelined, Jake Diekman is the only lefty in New York’s relief corps.

Raley has posted a 2.58 ERA, 27.3% strikeout rate and nine percent walk rate over 115 1/3 innings since the start of the 2022 season. Although he had a 4.78 ERA with the Astros in 2021, the advanced stats indicated a performance level closer to his 2022-2024 numbers, thus the Rays’ decision to give Raley a two-year, $10 million deal ended in the 2021-2022 offseason. because it’s a very smart move. The Mets acquired Raley in December 2022 and last fall exercised their $6.5 million club option on Raley’s services for the 2024 campaign.