Decreased velocity behind Edgin's cut

Decreased velocity behind Edgin's cut

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- With Josh Edgin among Monday's roster cuts, Scott Rice and John Lannan stand as the left-handers with a chance to pitch out of the bullpen.

Edgin, who made 34 appearances with the Mets each of the past two seasons, was upset by the decision -- "He should be," manager Terry Collins said -- but the Mets aren't comfortable with his diminished velocity: 95 mph two years ago to 92 mph this spring.

The decrease, Collins acknowledged, might be attributable to Edgin's trying to develop a changeup for right-handed hitters, saying it could be a case of "use it or you lose it."

Otherwise, the club seems stumped by the loss of miles per hour.

"He dominated left-handed hitters two years ago," Collins said. "It's best if he goes down and gets his confidence back."

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.