“He is certainly in the conversation. If he keeps doing what he's doing, he'll be up,” A team official told Martino.
Nitkowski, 39, hasn't allowed a run in 13 Minor League games with Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo this season. The Mets signed Nitkowski to a Minor League contract on July 13.
Nitkowski last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2005 with Nationals. That year, he appeared in seven games and allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings. In ten big league seasons from 1995-2005, Nitkowski went 18-32 with a 5.37 ERA in 336 games and 44 starts.
He was with the Mets in 2001, and allowed no runs in 5 2/3 innings in five relief appearances.
Nitkowski auditioned for the Mets as a sidearm pitcher during Spring Training this past March, but the two sides did not come to terms on an agreement at that time.
In addition, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who has not played since August 3 due to a torn plantar fascia in his foot, could be among those called-up once rosters expand as well.
Nieuwenhuis went just 2-for-11 with Triple-A Buffalo before landing on the seven-day disabled list.