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Edgin to use final outing in 2012 as motivation

Edgin to use final outing in 2012 as motivation

Edgin to use final outing in 2012 as motivation
NEW YORK -- Josh Edgin's rookie campaign may have ended on a sour note, but don't expect the left-hander to dwell on the negatives for too long.

Edgin entered with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of an 11-1 game on Thursday, hit the first man he faced to force in a run and served up a grand slam to Ryan Howard. And with that, his season came to a close.

Edgin won't pitch again in 2012 as manager Terry Collins and company have shut him down for the remainder of the season. He logged a career-high 69 innings between the Minors and Major Leagues, not including nights where he didn't record an out -- which happened three times with the Mets -- or nights where he warmed up but never entered.

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"For a first-year guy in his first time in the big leagues, that's a lot of games for a season," Collins said. "And I need him healthy."

The concern is a good sign for Edgin, whose spot in the 2013 bullpen is anything but guaranteed. He finished with a 4.56 ERA in 34 appearances with the Mets, but was in a groove with 14 straight scoreless appearances from Aug. 21-Sept. 17.

"I had a decent year -- I'm not going to say bad and I'm not going to say good," Edgin said. "I'm giving myself a lot of room for improvement and I know I can pitch a lot better than I did some of those outings. But it basically boils down to the location of fastballs and pitches.

"I got to pitch in front of the New York Mets and for the New York Mets, and I feel like that's a plus. I'm going to go into next year with the same approach that nothing's going to be handed to you."

Edgin said his arm feels fine and he feels healthy, but admitted that the shutdown was a little frustrating. Teammate Matt Harvey expressed similar sentiments concerning the team's decision to shut him down as well, but Collins expressed that both are big pieces of the future.

"As a competitor in general, I want to be out there and help my team and help them win," Edgin said. "You understand it from the baseball point and you understand it from the business point, but I'm fine.

And that Howard thing? Consider it motivation.

"Any person who that happens to would prefer to end on a good note, but I'm going to use it as a 'make yourself better off of it,'" Edgin said.

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