Mets send McHugh to minors despite sparkling debut
NEW YORK (AP) -- Collin McHugh has been sent to the minors by the New York Mets despite his sparkling debut.
He won't be there for long.
The Mets optioned McHugh to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday to make roster room for right-hander Jeremy Hefner, who was reinstated from the paternity leave list. Hefner is scheduled to start Sunday against Houston.
Pitching in place of injured Johan Santana, McHugh tossed seven shutout innings Thursday against Colorado in his first major league outing. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out nine and allowed only two hits.
New York manager Terry Collins says McHugh will be recalled and slotted into the Mets' rotation when active rosters expand in September.
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