Collins: Starters in relief won't be norm
August, 1, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Carlos Torres pitched a scoreless eighth Wednesday on what otherwise would have been his throw day in preparation for Saturday's start against the Kansas City Royals.
Collins said using Zack Wheeler or Matt Harvey out of the bullpen between starts will never happen. The same goes for Jonathon Niese once he returns from the disabled list.
Jeremy Hefner might get used that way if the circumstance makes sense, although Collins believes Torres is the most logical person to use that way because of his past bullpen success.
Collins chose to use Torres in relief for an inning on Wednesday because Bobby Parnell and LaTroy Hawkins were unavailable, and because the Mets and Marlins have been playing so many low-scoring, extra-inning games. Collins wanted to use Torres and hold back other relievers in case the game went long.