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.”