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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Mets shuffle lineup; Torres to go Friday

By Matt Ehalt

NEW YORK -- The Mets have a different lineup than usual for Wednesday's game against the Braves, as manager Terry Collins loads the lineup with righties to oppose Atlanta lefty Alex Wood.

The team will have four starters on the bench: left fielder Eric Young Jr., first baseman Ike Davis, shortstop Omar Quintanilla and catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

Davis sits in place of Josh Satin as the Mets continues to use the platoon at first base. Satin is batting .365 and slugging .500 against lefties this year. Davis, while playing quite well since his return from the minors, rarely plays against opposing southpaws.

Andrew Brown starts in place of Young in left field and is 8-for-13 coming into the game. He's hitting .563 in August, albeit in limited at-bats.

"This kid, Alex Wood, has really pitched good. We faced him a couple of times, but so far he's really pitched good and he's had great success against left-handed hitters," Collins said. "So we're just trying to get some right-handed bats. That's why Andrew Brown's in there again today. This guy's red hot and you've got to get him some at bats."

Collins acknowledged that it's not easy to sit Young, who used his speed to score a run Tuesday, and also had a jaw-dropping catch.

"It's hard. Again when you're in a situation, we've got to get some of these guys playing time," Collins said. "Brown deserves some playing time. ... We've got to get him in there."

TORRES TO START: Without an available option in the minors, they Mets went back to a familiar candidate to start Friday's game vs. Detroit: reliever/starter Carlos Torres.

Torres will rejoin the rotation on Friday against Detroit and will stick as Jenrry Mejia (elbow) and Jeremy Hefner (elbow) are likely done for the season. Mejia is expected to have season-ending surgery in the next seven to 10 days, while Hefner likely will have Tommy John surgery.

Torres was a starting pitcher in the minors, but the Mets have primarily used him in the bullpen. He's made three starts for the Mets this season, going 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA. Overall, he's appeared in 23 games and has a 3.00 ERA. He pitched Tuesday, giving up a bases-clearing double to the only batter faced.

Torres last started on July 28 against Washington, and was hammered for eight runs in three innings. He gave up a combined two runs spanning 11 innings in his first two starts of the season.

"Certainly we want him hopefully to get back to where he was when he first got here with his delivery and command of his stuff down in the zone," Collins said. "The last couple games, he's been hurt by getting balls up so Dan [Warthen] and Ricky [Bones] have been looking at film today, and they’re going to certainly try to address making sure he keeps the ball down like he did when he first got here because when he does, he’s effective.