NEW YORK -- After Wednesday night's 6-3 loss to the Reds, the Mets designated reliever D.J. Carrasco for assignment, likely ending his tenure with the club.
The night after Carrasco was ejected for hitting Ryan Braun with a pitch, Mets manager Terry Collins wanted to give his right-handed veteran an opportunity to redeem himself by performing in crunch-time innings of a close game.
"I wanted to see Carrasco back in some action when the game was on the line," Collins said. "Part of my conversation with D.J. last night was to make sure we start getting him in some games. The three games he's been in were pretty much out of control."
Carrasco entered the eighth inning of Wednesday night's game with the Mets trailing, 4-3. The 35-year-old reliever responded by serving up a two-run home run to third baseman Todd Frazier. Carrasco said he wasn't pitching on Wednesday with the thought that his job was on the line.
"It's just, get out there, try to get ahead of the count and, you know, get an out," Carrasco said. "I just left a slider, too hittable of a pitch, and he drove it out of the yard. I don't know if that was the final decision or not, or if it's already been on their minds."
Carrasco was one of the first players signed by Mets general manager Sandy Alderson when he took over at the start of the 2011 season. In his tenure with the Mets, Carrasco was 1-3 with a 6.10 ERA in 45 games. He had just returned from an ankle injury earlier this month, and made his first appearance of the season on May 9. Carrasco said he felt like he was executing his pitches well in his rehab assignment, but he never settled in upon returning to the Major League level.
"I feel horrible about it," Carrasco said. "I wanted to justify the contract that [Alderson] gave me, eat up some innings here and have a good season and keep them in some games, and I didn't do any of that. It feels bad, but that's part of the game."
In a corresponding roster move, the Mets recalled left-handed reliever Robert Carson from Double-A Binghamton to fill Carrasco's roster spot.