Germen was placed on the DL on May 5th. He's appeared in 13 games this season and has a 3.57 ERA.
The 32 year-old Rice, meanwhile, has a 5.93 ERA in 32 appearances to go along with a 1.32 WHIP. His most recent outing came on Sunday, June 8th in San Francisco, when he gave up a double to the Giants' Brandon Hicks in the eighth inning of a 6-4 Mets loss.
“I’m obviously not happy, but I understand their decision," Rice said (Newsday, June 10). "I wasn’t getting the job done so they had to make a move.”