NEW YORK -- Jeurys Familia had a pitch clocked at 99 mph on Tuesday night. But Familia also needed more time than usual to get ready in the bullpen for his three-batter outing against the Atlanta Braves.
The New York Mets don't have reason to suspect that Familia is hurt, but they do have cause for concern that a heavy workload in his first full season pitching out of the bullpen has him feeling fatigue.
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"It is a red flag," said manager Terry Collins, adding that he would likely won't use Familia in the Mets' Wednesday night game against the Braves.
Familia and Jenrry Mejia have given the Mets a much better late-inning combination than they had early in the season. They've also given Collins quite a bit of flexibility, since both young pitchers can go more than one inning.
Still, Collins wants to make sure he avoids overuse. Familia's 43 appearances are just four off the National League lead.
Staying with six: Collins said the Mets have had no discussions about addressing their strange roster imbalance, and again endorsed the setup that has them carrying six outfielders and no true backup shortstop (Eric Campbell is technically the backup, but no one on the roster other than starter Ruben Tejada has ever started a major-league game at short).
Collins pointed to Wednesday night's lineup, in which he was able to start three left-handed hitting outfielders against Braves right-hander Ervin Santana, who has held right-handers to a .209 average but has allowed lefties to hit .320.
Leading off with Curtis: Collins also has no plans to move Curtis Granderson out of the leadoff spot, although he said he believes Granderson would now hit well wherever he batted in the lineup. Granderson has a .385 on-base percentage in 14 games as the Mets leadoff hitter.
The one oddity in Granderson's stat line is that he still has just one triple. Granderson twice led the American League in triples when he played in Detroit's Comerica Park, and there was a thought that he would be able to do similar things at Citi Field.
Granderson insisted Wednesday that he still leaves the batters box thinking triple, but said he thinks the lack of foul territory in the outfield at Citi Field makes it less of a triples haven than the distant fences would suggest.