NEW YORK, SEPT. 15 -- The New York Mets, hoping to bolster their pitching rotation after losing Ron Darling for the season, acquired veteran left-hander John Candelaria from the California Angels today for two minor league pitchers.

"With Ron Darling out for the remainder of the year, we were looking for some way to strengthen our pitching down the stretch," said Joe McIlvaine, the Mets' vice president of baseball operations. "John is a seasoned veteran with playoff and World Series experience. He was just the person we were looking for in our situation."

The Mets, who said they will use Candelaria as a starter, traded left-hander Shane Young and right-hander Jeff Richardson. Darling suffered torn ligaments in his right thumb Friday night.

Candelaria, a native of Brooklyn, was 8-6 with a 4.71 ERA in 20 starts this season. He made no relief appearances. Candelaria, 33, went to the Angels from Pittsburgh Aug. 2, 1985, with pitcher Al Holland and outfielder George Hendrick for pitchers Pat Clements and Bob Kipper and outfielder Mike Brown.

Candelaria had two stints on the disabled list this season -- one for personal reasons -- from May 14-29 and June 19-Aug. 5. Candelaria twice was arrested this season for drunk driving.

He last pitched Friday against the Texas Rangers and lost, 7-2, lasting four innings and surrendering six earned runs. Candelaria was 4-0 in his first seven starts this season.

Young, 25, was the Mets' 21st pick in the 1984 draft. This year with Jackson of the Class AA Texas League he was 9-10 with a 3.85 ERA and four complete games in 27 starts.

Richardson, 24, was signed as a free agent in August 1985. This season for Class A Lynchburg of the Carolina League, he was 6-12 with a 4.91 ERA in 28 starts and one relief appearance.