Mets Option Reliever, Anticipate Reactivating Pitcher


The New York Mets are making some bullpen changes. According to beat writer Anthony DiComo, the Mets are sending down right-hander Thomas Szapucki, thus shrinking their bullpen by one spot. They haven't announced a corresponding move yet, but DiComo speculates that they will recall reliever Yoan Lopez from Triple-A Syracuse. 

DiComo notes that Lopez is expected in New York, making him Szapucki's probable replacement. However, that does bring some complications. Lopez is yet to serve a three-game suspension dished out by the MLB on May 1 for throwing at Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber. The MLB announced the suspension one day after the incident, as well as an "undisclosed fine" for intentionally throwing at Schwarber. 

However, Lopez didn't have a chance to serve his suspension as the Mets sent him down to Triple-A Syracuse the same day. Lopez must serve the suspension as an active roster member on the big-league squad. If he's recalled this week, he won't be playing for his first three games. 

There's one catch: Lopez can appeal the suspension. If he chooses to do so, the 29-year-old will be able to play immediately while his appeal goes under review. 

As DiComo points out, Lopez may simply want to serve the suspension immediately. A failed appeal would push his suspension back.

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