Former Merrimack pitcher Ryan O’Rourke had his contract purchased by the New York Mets on Wednesday, marking a return to the Majors for the 31-year-old who underwent Tommy John surgery two years ago while pitching for the Minnesota Twins.
O’Rourke, whose birthday was two days ago, signed with the Mets in the offseason after one year with the Baltimore Orioles organization. O’Rourke was invited to Major League spring training with the Mets and was one of the last cuts sent to Triple-A Syracuse prior to the start of the season; he made his return to the Majors last night in the Mets’ 1-0 loss at home to the Cincinnati Reds.
O’Rourke had a 4.61 ERA in 13.2 innings in Triple-A this year. He was called up after the Mets played reliever Jeurys Familia on the injured list with a shoulder injury.