As a result, Valverde will close for the Mets for at least the next six weeks.
So far, he's 1-for-1.
"He's been very impressive," manager Terry Collins said Saturday morning after the Mets' 4-3 win. "He really commands some respect from the younger pitchers, especially the Latin pitchers. He's a true leader. He's very open with stuff. Tremendous work ethic. He was here at 7 o'clock getting ready for a game, even after last night."
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