Looks like John Lannan will begin year in Mets' bullpen

Looks like John Lannan will begin year in Mets' bullpen
March 23, 2014, 3:00 pm
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After entering spring training in a battle for the fifth starter job, it looks like John Lannan is headed to the New York Mets' bullpen to start the season. 

The former Nationals starter appeared in Sunday's game against Washington and pitched a one-two-three top of the sixth inning. Nine pitches is all it took for him to retire Jamey Carroll, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth.

Lannan pitched after 24-year-old Jenrry Mejia had left the game. Mejia looks to have a solid chance at the fifth spot Lannan was chasing.

Amazingly, Lannan has never made a relief appearance in his entire MLB career. He has played major league 148 games and every single one was a start.

Lannan did pitch seven times out of the bullpen as a minor leaguer, most recently in 2007 as a member of Triple-A Columbus. His MLB career ERA is 4.12 spread across 858 innings.

Will Lannan find success in his new role? The seven-year veteran has struggled this spring with nine earned runs in 11 1/3 innings. Perhaps a change will help him.

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