TC suggests Rice may be fried

April, 13, 2014
Apr 13
8:41
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ANAHEIM, Fla. -- Scott Rice issued a bases-loaded walk and run-scoring wild pitch in relief of Bartolo Colon on Sunday, lifting the left-handed reliever’s ERA to 13.50.

Asked after the Mets’ 14-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels how Rice can rediscover last year’s form, Terry Collins said, “I’m not sure” -- indicating resignation that Rice may having difficulty doing so.

The manager cited last year’s workload, when Rice was a 31-year-old rookie. The southpaw made 73 relief appearances through Sept. 3, after which he underwent season-ending dual sports-hernia surgery.

Rice had never made more than 58 appearances in any professional season.

“The guy pitched in 73 games last year. And a lot of times the next year, when you pitch in that many games for the first time in your life, your arm doesn’t bounce back real fast,” Collins said. “It takes a little time. I’ve seen it where, unfortunately, you’ve got to go through it.

“We’ve got to find the sinker. That’s the pitch that’s missing. He’s always been a guy that will miss down, but when the sinker is working, he gets outs.”

Collins, meanwhile, offered no indication the Mets needed to dip to Triple-A for relief help before Monday’s series opener in Phoenix, despite the bullpen logging 13 1/3 innings during the series against the Angels.

“We got through today,” Collins said. “We’ll have [Jose] Valverde rested. [Kyle] Farnsworth has had two days [off]. He’ll be rested. [Gonzalez] Germen will be rested. [Carlos] Torres will be rested.

“I’d have to say we’re OK.”
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
10 3.88 106 141
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 19
RBIL. Duda 60
RD. Murphy 62
OPSL. Duda .864
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 125