Collins: Starters in relief won't be norm

Carlos Torres

Carlos Torres

#52 RP
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM14
  • W1

  • L2

  • BB5

  • K28

  • ERA3.03

MIAMI -- Terry Collins said he will not regularly use starting pitchers in relief for an inning between starts now that the Mets are employing a six-man rotation.

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.