April 13, 2007

It's official, Milledge goes down

As anticipated the Mets optioned Lastings Milledge to AAA New Orleans to make room for starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey. Milledge only had three at-bats during the first nine games and the best thing for his development will be to start daily. As disappointing as the demotion was, in the long run Milledge will benefit from the experience and will be up soon enough to stay. Pelfrey starts tomorrow night against the Nationals.

The Mets announced on Thursday that Milledge was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans to make room for Pelfrey, who is scheduled to start against Washington on Friday night. Though promoting Pelfrey when the need for a fifth starter arose had been the plan since Spring Training, there was no confirmation that Milledge would be the roster casualty until now.

"It's kind of tough, but you've got to pick things up and roll with it," Milledge said. "I thought I could get it done off the bench, and obviously, I didn't." source MLB.com

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