TC suggests Rice may be fried

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.

Scott Rice

Scott Rice

#56 RP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM6
  • W0

  • L0

  • BB3

  • K3

  • ERA13.50

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.”