Mets calling up two relievers

Updated: April 10, 2011, 6:53 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo |

NEW YORK -- As New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson put it, "The Izzy and Iggy Show" is coming to Citi Field on Monday.

After the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Washington Nationals in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, Alderson announced that right-handed relief pitchers Jason Isringhausen and Ryota Igarashi were being called up and added to the 25-man roster. To make way for Isringhausen and Igarashi, outfielder Lucas Duda was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, while right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer was designated for assignment.

"Right now we need some innings based on today," Alderson said. "We were short coming in, and we're a lot shorter now. We're not getting the results that we need. We're going to [carry] 13 [pitchers on the roster] temporarily until Jason Bay is back, [which] will help us in the short term."

After allowing six runs on six hits in four innings on Sunday afternoon, the Mets bullpen has now surrendered a total of 21 runs on 45 hits in just 34 1/3 innings this season.

Boyer (0-2, 10.80 ERA) took the loss on Sunday afternoon, allowing four runs in two innings. Duda (.118) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, and also made a critical fielding gaffe in the eighth inning, which led to two Nationals runs and a tie game.

Isringhausen had been pitching in extended spring training down in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Igarashi, who had been pitching in Triple-A Buffalo, notched a save for the Bison on Sunday afternoon, according to Alderson.

Asked if right-hander Manny Acosta was a possibility, Alderson responded "no."

"Manny has to be out 10 days, unless we put someone on the disabled list to get him back quicker."

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