Germen, 25, was 3-3 with a 5.70 ERA in 34 relief appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas.
To make room for Germen on the active roster, the Meta optioned Zach Lutz to Triple-A Las Vegas - he has never pitched in the big leagues.
Lutz was 1-for-4 with two walks for the Mets.
According to the team's beat reporters on Twitter, the Mets were considering placing RHP Shaun Marcum on the disabled list.
The Mets were clearly concerned Marcum would go on the disabled list but not totally certain, which explains why they recalled Germen over Burke. If they were sure yesterday Marcum would be placed on the disabled list, Burke would have been eligible to come back within ten days of being demoted. I suppose Marcum checked out ok, making Burke ineligible to return under these conditions, and so recalling Germen became the safe bet.
Still, I'm curious as to why they simply didn't take Germen off the taxi squad and send him back to Las Vegas. The issue the Mets have is they're now playing short on the bench with only 12 position players and 13 pitchers. Sure, the Mets only have one off-day between now and the All-Star Break and they have insurance ready in the event Marcum eventually needs to be disabled. But their immediate flexibility was already limited on the infield - sending Lutz down further limits Terry's options in the event someone needs a break, gets injured, or both.