Osborne released by Mets

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Carson High graduate Donovan Osborne went from having a chance to crack the New York Mets' starting rotation to being released by the club on Tuesday.

Osborne received a chance to start for the Mets a week ago Monday in spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles. The Mets were looking at possibly giving Osborne a chance to compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

But Osborne was roughed up against the Orioles, allowing two two-run home runs in two innings of work. Osborne hadn't pitched since that outing.

He made six appearances for the Mets, posting a 9.00 earned run average over 10 innings while striking out five and finishing with a 1-1 record. It had been expected that Osborne would be assigned to the Mets Triple A affiliate in Norfolk.

But with an already crowed pitching staff, the Mets decided to release Osborne, who enjoyed his most success as a starting pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Osborne also pitched for the Chicago Cubs last year before an injury cut his season short.


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