Picked up in the offseason to lock down the eighth inning ahead of new closer Francisco Rodriguez, Putz is just 1-4 with a 5.22 ERA and two saves for the Mets.
New York purchased the contract of right-hander Fernando Nieve from Triple-A Buffalo. Nieve was 3-0 with a 3.70 ERA in four starts with Buffalo.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel said Nieve would be used in the bullpen.
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