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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Spot candidate Torres may be needed in pen

By Adam Rubin

PHILADELPHIA -- Assistant GM John Ricco speculated the Mets could use Carlos Torres for a spot start Tuesday if rookie Jacob deGrom will only miss one rotation turn with shoulder soreness.

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However, Terry Collins noted there may be an issue with Torres’ availability on Tuesday.

After Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, Collins said he may end up needing to use Torres in relief on Monday, which would disqualify him from spot-start consideration.

That’s because Collins expects Jenrry Mejia to be unavailable for the matinee series finale against the Phillies. Vic Black and Josh Edgin potentially may be unavailable, too.

“We’ll just see,” Collins said. “We may need Torres tomorrow.”

The alternative, presumably, would be using Rafael Montero or Noah Syndergaard. Montero is listed as Monday’s starter and Syndergaard as Tuesday’s start for Triple-A Las Vegas. Neither has yet to be officially scratched.

As for his level of concern about deGrom, who is due to be examined Monday in New York, Collins said: “He’s not concerned about it. The trainers really aren’t. I’m not overly concerned, except that he’s a young kid who has got a sore shoulder. And that scares me. So we’re going to go get it checked and let the professionals tell us how it is.”