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Mets still mulling delaying Wheel turn

NEW YORK -- Terry Collins said the Mets will wait until after Zack Wheeler throws a between-starts bullpen session Tuesday to decide whether he faces the Atlanta Braves in Thursday's matinee series finale or gets an extra day of rest and starts a doubleheader game in Washington the following day.

Zack Wheeler

Zack Wheeler

#45 SP
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM6
  • W3

  • L1

  • BB18

  • K26

  • ERA3.58

Regardless, the Mets need an extra starter one of those days because of Friday's twinbill against the Nationals. A Mets spokesman said the team is committed to Matt Harvey getting the nightcap Friday.

One factor the Mets need to consider in deciding whether Wheeler goes Thursday or Friday is straightforward: The Mets can add a 26th player for Friday's doubleheader, whereas if the call-up pitched Thursday with Wheeler pushed back, it would require a player to be demoted.

Team officials identified to ESPNNewYork during the weekend Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero, Chris Schwinden and Jacob deGrom as pitchers under consideration.

Mejia has allowed one run in 11 innings with Double-A Binghamton in two rehab starts since returning from elbow tendon inflammation.

"His name is one of the three or four that's being talked about, for sure," Collins said about Mejia. "He pitched very well the other night. I know he does have another start yet before his rehab thing is up. Both he and Montero are scheduled to pitch Thursday. We're going to take a good, hard look.

"Zack is going to throw tomorrow and we'll see how he does tomorrow and then decide what's the best fit. Should Zack get an extra day? Should he not? Should we just bring in the 26th guy and have him start one of those games on Friday? It's been an ongoing discussion for the last two days. There was one again today. There will be one again tomorrow."

Collins agreed Montero might be more of a long shot because he does not need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason and would be unlikely to contribute in September because of an innings cap.

"Yeah, maybe," Collins said about the long shot label. "But we're not ignoring his name. I can tell you that."

UPDATE: Sandy Alderson has all but ruled out Montero as a consideration. In addition to the 40-man roster issue -- he doesn't need to be added until 2015 -- Montero has not pitched strongly of late.