NEW YORK, July 8 (UPI) -- Al Leiter, the anchor of the New York Mets' rotation over the last six years, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right knee.
Leiter, 37, is 8-5 with a 5.57 ERA in 17 starts this season. He was disabled retroactive to June 30, making him eligible to return following the All-Star break. He had struggled prior to being disabled, going 0-2 and allowing 13 runs and 15 hits in his last two starts.
The southpaw, who has a career record of 138-108 with a 3.76 in parts of 17 seasons, joins catcher Mike Piazza, first baseman Mo Vaughn, and pitchers Scott Strickland, Mike Stanton, Pedro Astacio, and Grant Roberts on the DL.
To fill Leiter's roster spot, the Mets recalled righthander Edwin Almonte from Triple-A Norfolk of the International League.
Almonte was 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a save in two appearances for Norfolk.