After starting the 2005 season in the minors right-handed pitcher Juan Padilla joined the Mets in the middle of July making his Met debut on July 17, he pitched an inning of scoreless relief in the Mets 8-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. From that point on he became one of their more effective relievers, appearing in 24 games and posting a 3-1 record with 1 save and an ERA of 1.49.
His only save came in his second appearance with the Mets on July 20 against the San Diego Padres. He pitched the 1 1/3 innings to secure the Mets 7-3 win. His first win with the Mets came against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 30 when he pitched an inning of scoreless relief.
Following the season Padilla underwent Tommy John surgery which shut him down for two seasons. He pitched for the Mets Triple A affiliate the New Orleans Zephyrs in 2008 but was released midway through the season with an ERA of 9.64.
While with the Mets Padilla wore number 28.
Juan Padilla also played for the following teams:
New York Yankees – 2004
Cincinnati Reds – 2004