NEW YORK -- The Mets plan to shut down rookie reliever Josh Edgin following his next outing, as part of a plan to preserve the left-hander's arm for next season.
Though Edgin has thrown merely three more innings this summer than he did last year in the Minors, the Mets have spread them over 25 more appearances. That means that Edgin has warmed in the bullpen more often, and presumably placed significantly more stress on his arm.
The Mets announced that move one day after Edgin blew a save against the Phillies, walking Chase Utley with two outs and serving up a game-winning home to Ryan Howard. But manager Terry Collins said that outing will have no bearing on how the Mets view Edgin next spring, when he is a good bet to break camp with the club as a lefty specialist.
"When you face some of the great hitters in the game, once in a while they're going to win," Collins said. "I thought Josh threw the ball exceptionally well last night. I thought he probably got a huge learning lesson out of it, and you know what? All he has is high upside."