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Mets don't plan to skip rookie's turn

5/16/2014

WASHINGTON -- Sandy Alderson recently suggested the Mets could skip Rafael Montero’s next rotation turn as a way to conserve innings because it falls on a team off-day Monday.

But after Montero and Jacob deGrom had successful major-league debuts on consecutive days against the Yankees, the tentative plan is just to go straight through the rotation with each starter getting extra rest rather than skip a rookie.

lastname deGromlastname Montero “Sandy and I talked about it. I’m not sure right now that this is when you want to skip them, because they haven’t thrown that much,” Terry Collins said Friday afternoon. “If they’re comfortable, I want to run them back out there. I don’t want to give them too much time off to where now they get back out there and everything seems strange.”

Montero is not on an overly restrictive limit this season. Alderson said 180 innings is likely his 2014 cap.

DeGrom threw 147 2/3 innings last season. So he should be capped about 175 innings, it would seem.

Alderson originally suggested deGrom would go to the bullpen once Dillon Gee returns from the DL, with Montero continuing in the rotation. But Collins suggested deGrom’s solid debut (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) will at least force a debate about which rookie gets bounced from the rotation upon Gee’s activation.

“There will be a lot of discussion about, ‘OK, who’s it going to be? Who’s going to be the fifth guy?’” Collins said. “It will be fun, because they’re both very, very talented. And we were very, very impressed.”

Collins said he cannot envision a scenario in which Montero and deGrom remain in the rotation upon Gee’s return and another starter loses his rotation spot.

“I can’t foresee anybody else,” Collins said.