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Mets add RHP Elmer Dessens and LHP Pat Misch
06/22/2009 6:33 PM ET
FLUSHING, N.Y., -- The New York Mets today announced that they recalled lefthanded pitcher Pat Misch from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League and selected the contract of righthanded pitcher Elmer Dessens from the Bisons. In order to make room on the 25-man active roster, the team optioned lefthanded pitcher Ken Takahasi to Buffalo and designated infielder Wilson Valdez for assignment.

Misch, 27, was claimed off waivers from San Francisco on June 5, after appearing in four games out of the bullpen for the Giants this season. The 6-2, 195-pound lefty worked in two games, one start, for the Bisons, going 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA. He suffered a 4-2 loss despite throwing a complete game in the nightcap of a doubleheader on June 15th at Syracuse, finishing with five strikeouts over 6.0 innings.

In 3.1 innings at the major league level with San Francisco, he had a 10.80 ERA and allowed six hits and four runs, earned, while not striking out a batter and walking three. For his career, the seventh-round pick out of Western Michigan University in 2003 has appeared in 34 games, has made 11 starts and has compiled a 0-7 career mark and a 5.00 ERA (52 earned runs/93.2 innings). He will wear number 48.

Dessens, 38, made 27 appearances out of the bullpen with the Bisons, compiling a 3-2 record and recording 11 saves with a 2.31 ERA. Over 35.0 innings, the righthander allowed 26 hits, nine runs, earned, two home runs and nine walks, while striking out 28. A veteran of 12 major league seasons, Dessens has pitched for eight different teams and owns a career record of 48-62 and a 4.56 ERA. He appeared in four games in relief last season for Atlanta, losing his only decision and finishing with a 22.50 ERA (10 earned runs/4.0 innings pitched). He will wear number 64.

The team also announced that righthanded pitcher Connor Robertson was designated for assignment and outfielder Wily Mo Pena, infielder Javier Valentin and outfielder Bobby Kielty were released.

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