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Draft pick No. 902 thriving with Mets | Baseball Notebook
By New York Times and The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO — The quick ascension of Josh Edgin will continue with yet another unlikely upswing.
When the New York Mets placed Tim Byrdak on the disabled list Friday, Edgin, the 902nd selection in the 2010 draft, became the solitary left-handed specialist in their bullpen. Before this season, Edgin had never pitched above Class A.
"I've never had anything to lose," said the 25-year-old left-hander. "I've had a little bit of success, but I never want to get ahead of myself. Let's just see what happens."
Edgin's rise has been all the more fascinating because it occurred alongside that of the long-heralded prospect Matt Harvey, 23. Harvey was the seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft. Edgin was selected in the 30th round.
Edgin made his debut July 13 and has not allowed a run in his last nine outings. He is 1-0 with a 2.25 earned-run average and 19 strikeouts in 11 innings after two scoreless innings in San Diego Saturday night.
Unlike Harvey, Edgin was never a ballyhooed prospect while growing up in Three Springs, Pa., a place he described as "tiny — one pizza shop, one gas station."
"I didn't have a bunch of other people's expectations to live up to," he said.
• Jose Reyes had three hits in Miami's loss to Washington. His 23-game hitting streak is tied with the Yankees' Robinson Cano for the longest in the majors this season.
• All-Star C Carlos Ruiz, hitting .335 with 14 homers and 58 runs batted in for the Phillies, was placed on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
• Veteran 1B Lyle Overbay of Centralia was released by Arizona. The 35-year-old hit .292 for the Diamondbacks but was just 2 for 25 since June 23.
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