Mets to call on Carlyle to help in bullpen

Mets to call on Carlyle to help in bullpen

PHILADELPHIA -- In desperate need of pitching after emptying their bullpen in Friday's 14-inning loss to the Phillies, the Mets flew right-hander Buddy Carlyle to Philadelphia from El Paso, Texas, where he was wrapping up a series with Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Mets did not officially activate Carlyle after Friday's game, and have not announced a corresponding move. With no obvious candidates in the bullpen deserving a demotion, the Mets could either option starter Rafael Montero back to Las Vegas, temporarily inserting Daisuke Matsuzaka into their rotation, or play with a short bench for a game.

Carlyle, 36, was 1-1 with one save and a 1.33 ERA in 17 appearances for Las Vegas. He last pitched in the Majors for the Yankees in 2011, also appearing for the Padres, Dodgers and Braves over parts of seven big league seasons.

The Mets used all seven of their relievers in Friday's loss, leaning on all but one of them for more than an inning.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.