The Mets re-assigned RHP Paul Sewald to minor league camp Tuesday morning.
In 11 appearances this spring, Sewald allowed four runs and seven hits, while striking out 12 batters in 14 1/3 innings.
In mid-March, Terry Collins listed Sewald among 8-10 pitchers that had quietly emerged in camp as possible candidates to make his Opening Day roster.
Sewald has never been ranked on the team's Top 10 prospect list since being drafted in 2012.
In 56 relief appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2016, he had a 3.29 ERA, 80 strikeouts in 65 innings and 18 saves in 23 chances.
Sewald is a terrific story. I would loved to have seen him get a shot in April. He was nearly promoted last September, so he's almost certainly going to get a call-up this year at some point. But at this point, I'd rather see him get consistent work in Triple-A as opposed to waiting to pitch once a week at Citi Field behind more established relievers.
In regards to the rest of the bullpen, demoting Sewald indicates the last bullpen spot(s) will come down to Josh Edgin or Rafael Montero, with both possibly making it if Steven Matz ends up on the disabled list.