Mets designate Tommy Hunter for assignment, recall John Curtiss

The Mets made several roster moves to help relief pitchers after a crushing loss to the Pirates on Friday night.

Tommy Hunter was the nominee and Zach McEnhaan was an option to Triple-A Syracuse. John Curtis and Josh Walker have been called up accordingly, the team announced Saturday.

Hunter and McEnhahn struggled on Friday, with the former giving up two runs in two innings and the latter giving up six hits and three runs in 2 1/3 frames.

The 36-year-old Hunter, who joined the Mets in 2021, hasn’t done much this year with a 6.85 ERA in 23 2/3 innings.

The 28-year-old McEnhaan posted a 6.00 ERA in three different stints and six innings this year for the major league club.

Curtis, a veteran right-hander who has played for five different MLB teams, pitched 13 innings for the Mets in 2023 and was on the team’s Opening Day roster.

Walker made his major league debut with a one-inning cameo appearance on May 16 against the Rays, but otherwise spent his minor league career posting a 1.45 ERA this season with Syracuse.

Tommy Hunter was assigned to the mission.

Relief pitching has been one of the team’s main challenges this season, with a bullpen ERA of 4.44, the ninth-worst in the majors, and the team’s woes have gotten worse in recent days.

In a 14-7 loss to the Pirates on Friday, the team is now 30-34, a seven-game losing streak following a three-game losing streak in Atlanta.

General manager Billy Eppler and owner Steve Cohen told The Post’s Joel Sherman that no major changes are planned, but that the season appears to be coming to an end, making it a winning formula for the Mets. The pressure to find out is no shortage, he said.

The Mets, who face the Pirates on Saturday’s matinee, have completed nine and a half games in the NL East.

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