NEW YORK -- The Mets' starting rotation has far and away exceeded expectations in 2012. The bullpen has stood out, too, but not in a good way.
The worst bullpen in the Majors, which entering Thursday's game held an ERA of 5.11, got a new addition on Thursday from Triple-A Buffalo -- right-hander Pedro Beato.
Beato was 3-2 with a 1.13 ERA in Buffalo this season and in 16 relief appearances surrendered only three earned runs in 24 innings. He was called up after reliever Jeremy Hefner -- who allowed three earned runs in Wednesday's 9-2 loss to Philadelphia -- was optioned to Triple-A.
In the hours before Thursday's series finale, manager Terry Collins had yet to discuss specifically what Beato's role in the bullpen would be, but Collins said that Beato would be "thrown into action" right away.
Beato said he battled issues with arm strength during his stint with the Mets last season -- he appeared in 60 games in 2011 and held an ERA of 4.30 -- but said prior to Thursday's game that it was behind him.
"My velocity stood steady for the most part," he said of his time in Buffalo. "That shows to me that my strength is there and I'm ready to go."
Beato said he'd "taken a look" at how the Mets' bullpen had been faring, but he admitted he was mainly focused on his games in Buffalo. He said his main focus was on doing whatever he can to help turn things around.
"Part of the game is that sometimes it's going to be there and sometimes it's not," he said. "I'm just here to help, be a part of the team and hopefully win ballgames."