Daisuke Matsuzaka will need to remain in the rotation, given the lack of alternatives, Terry Collins told reporters Thursday.
Earlier this week, Collins told WFAN the Mets will likely replace Carlos Torres in the rotation during September, after rosters expand.
Three days after pitching in relief, Torres let up one run, struck out six and walked none through seven innings in his start against the Phillies on Thursday.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
It’s not going to be Rafeal Montero or Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard is quickly getting close to his pitch limits, and Montero doesn’t need to be added to the 40-man roster yet, at this point in his career. I assume Chris Schwinden will get the call, because he’s the best, most-realistic option.
I think Jacob deGrom might have been given a start or two, if the organization decided to promote in September, but he left his last start with a shoulder issue. Also, he only needs to be added to the 40-man before the Rule 5 Draft, it’s not like he has to be added now.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Torres has been a nice addition since being promoted in June. Initially, I questioned why the Mets would provide Torres a roster spot at the expense of Collin McHugh, but it turned out to benefit the pitching staff at the end of the day. He has shown he can be a part of this pitching staff in 2014 by his ability to come out of the bullpen in a long-relief role, but to provide quality innings as a spot starter.
This is going to be important now that Jeremy Hefner will be out for the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John Surgery. I do think Torres deserves to start down the stretch for the Mets, but they know what they have in him at this point, and they need to use this time to see what they have in any other viable option for 2014.