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Ryan O’Rourke optioned to Triple-A Syracuse

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Former Merrimack pitcher Ryan O’Rourke was optioned by the New York Mets on Saturday morning and according to CBS Sports will likely open the season in Triple-A Syracuse.

O’Rourke made a strong case for the opening day roster, as noted by The New York Post on Friday.

The 30-year-old from Shrewsbury hasn’t appeared in the Majors since 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2017. Last season he made 12 minor-league appearances in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

O’Rourke appeared in nine games for the Mets during spring training, throwing 10.1 innings and posting a 1.74 ERA.

O’Rourke has appeared in 54 Major League games, all with the Minnesota Twins, holding opponents to a .204 batting average and striking out 48 batters in 47 innings.

“He brings an intensity out there,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “He’s always been very good left-on-left and we value that and we are going to need that throughout the season.”

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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