RHP Erik Goeddel and LHP Josh Edgin both pitched in a game setting for the first time this morning in Port St. Lucie. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin captured these photos this morning of them making their pitching debuts this spring.
Goeddel, who hasn’t pitched all spring since straining his lat muscle earlier in camp, played in a minor league intrasquad game and threw 14 pitches. Goeddel did not allow a batter to reach base as he retired the three batters he faced. It’s an important step for Goeddel in his return to the Mets. He is essentially in a battle for a bullpen spot with the rejuvenated Jim Henderson. Goeddel is now expected to start pitching in Grapefruit League games this week. Goeddel had a 2.43 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 33.1 innings last season.
Edgin, who is working back from Tommy John surgery pitched for the first time in a game situation since his operation last March. Edgin threw 16 pitches in a minor league intrasquad game, and struck out three batters, and hit one. This is a huge step in Edgin’s recovery from Tommy John, as he is one step closer to rejoining the Mets bullpen. Edgin is projected to rejoin the team on May 1st, and will be another weapon the Mets can add to a revamped bullpen. Edgin had a 1.32 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 27.1 innings pitched back in 2014.