Some deck-chair shuffling in the bullpen, which seems to be a prelude to another move. Carlos Muniz is back again, at least for the next few days; this guy must be racking up the frequent flyer miles between New Orleans and New York. This is a little surprising, though, because Vargas has been pretty effective as a swing man before last night's performance. One bad outing generally doesn't earn a release, so perhaps the Mets are confident that he's going to get through waivers anyway.
I wouldn't worry too much about not having a long man in the pen - how often does a Met reliever give them a three-inning appearance? I wouldn't be surprised to see Aaron Heilman filling that nominal role for the time being, but I don't think it's the first step in his conversion back to starting pitcher. He'll just be the guy asked to go 2.1 or 2.2 innings on occasion when a starter gets bombed out.
As for the next step, I agree with Mack that there must be a subsequent move in the waiting. Because of the off-day tomorrow, the Yankee series can still be staffed by pitchers on regular rest - Pedro Martinez and Mike Pelfrey Friday, Johan Santana Saturday and Ollie Perez on Sunday. (That is, if Walsh doesn't have him shipped to Siberia first.)
John Maine would be in line to start on Monday against the Cardinals in St. Louis, but then Tuesday night's game becomes the issue. Manuel would have to send Pedro or Pelfrey out there on short rest (unlikely) or someone else will need to be brought in to make the start.
My first guess would be Tony Armas, but I think the Mets would have to expose him to waivers to send him back down. Since there's no reason to believe that anyone in the rotation is getting traded, demoted or released, the Mets may not want to risk losing Armas to a spot start. If that is the case, it could mean the one-night return of Nelson Figueroa, who has been pitching well with New Orleans since returning to the Zephyrs last month.
Let's take a look at the active roster now:
Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez - DL
Billy Wagner (closer)
Matt Wise - DL
Moises Alou - DL
Ryan Church - DL
Angel Pagan - DL