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Scott Rice done for the season with hernia injury

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His life is a movie which we’ve written about extensively, but the dream rookie MLB season for 31-year-old Scott Rice is ending with a thud.  The Mets are shutting down their left-handed bullpen specialist and former Rev, because he needs hernia surgery.  We first saw the report courtesy of Aaron Gleeman of NBC Sports’ Hardball Talk.

Rice’s season ends with 73 appearances out of the Mets bullpen, which leads not only the National League but all of Major League Baseball.  It’s a major bummer, as he was likely to end the season with that distinction.  Despite the next closest pitcher three appearances behind, Cubs lefty James Russell, there’s no way Rice hangs on to the title.  After 14 minor league seasons and being the oldest rookie in the Majors this year, Rice wraps his season with a 3.71 ERA and just a .235 average against.  General consensus is he’ll be back in the Mets big league bullpen next season after that solid effort, but it’s tough to speculate.

Unfortunately, Rice going down does not mean former Revolution lefty Justin Hampson is getting a call-up from Triple-A Las Vegas, at least for now.  The Mets instead called up another left-handed reliever, Sean Henn.  As we just wrote about, Hampson’s Las Vegas team (along with another former Rev Matt Fox) is trying to stave off elimination in the PCL playoffs against Andy Marte’s Salt Lake Bees.  Perhaps the Mets will bring Hampson and/or Fox up once Vegas’ postseason concludes.

-Paul Braverman

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