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Broadway latest member of Mets' staff

Broadway latest member of Mets' staff

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MIAMI -- It is a script that has repeated itself time and again this season for the Mets: Player A gets injured. Player B gets a chance.

This time, the B stands for Broadway -- as in Lance Broadway, newest member of the makeshift Mets. Acquired for Ramon Castro back in May and in a Mets uniform for the first time Thursday, Broadway has joined a bullpen looking more for warm bodies than live arms.

It's an assignment he's eager to accept.

"Of course, we've heard everything," Broadway said. "It's hard not to hear what's going on with the injuries and all that's happened. But that's baseball."

Pitching mainly out of the rotation with Triple-A Buffalo, Broadway has hardly impressed -- in contrast, his 5-7 record and 6.27 ERA since joining the organization are reflections of how far his stock has fallen. Just last season, Baseball America ranked him the second-best prospect in the White Sox farm system.

The following year, he was traded for a backup catcher.

"I didn't know what to think at first," Broadway said. "I had never been traded before so I wasn't sure what that meant. I was up in Chicago out of the bullpen, having a good time. But at the same time, in the long run, I'd like to be a starter if I can. So I was excited about the new opportunity to do that."

For now, that opportunity will have to wait. Unless a member of the makeshift Mets rotation is injured -- a distinct possibility considering how this season has gone -- Broadway will take his sinker-changeup repertoire to the bullpen, out of which he has made all but two of his 19 career appearances.

If another member of the rotation goes down, Broadway would figure to be the first to step in.

"I'll be ready if that happens," he said. "You don't want to see injuries, but it's part of the game. And for a young guy without a lot of time, I'll take an opportunity when I get one."

"It's good to get an opportunity," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "Anytime you get a chance to pitch on this stage with this type of exposure, it does well for your career. You just hope that when you get that opportunity you have your best stuff, and you have some things working."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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