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One and done (for now): the Mets demote Collin McHugh

Colorado Rockies v New York Mets

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Collin McHugh #36 of the New York Mets reacts after getting the final out of the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field on August 23, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Unless I’m missing something, there have been three good things for the Mets in the second half:

1. R.A. Dickey continuing to be R.A. Dickey;

2. The emergence of Matt Harvey; and

3. Yesterday’s spiffy debut of Collin McHugh, who tossed seven scoreless against Colorado.

Number three will be on hold for a while, unfortunately, because the Mets just shuffled him off to Buffalo to make room for Jeremy Hefner, who is coming back from paternity leave.

This is obviously not some problem. The Mets don’t need a fifth starter in the next week thanks to an off day and the rosters expand a week from Saturday. But it does kind of stink that a kid who just did something cool has to leave so quickly after doing it.