New York Mets
NEW YORK -- Terry Collins avoided using Carlos Torres the past couple of days to ensure he would be available in case of a health issue with a starting pitcher.
Collins said it was not just Shaun Marcum's finger-tingling issue that prompted him to withhold Torres from use. Collins said there still is some uncertainty about Dillon Gee's forearm/elbow, so having Torres in reserve as a potential spot starter was prudent.
Assuming Gee has no issue this afternoon that would force an early exit, Collins said Torres could be used for an inning later in the game. That would be the equivalent of a between-starts bullpen session and would not burn Torres in case he is needed Saturday should Marcum have an issue.
Torres, 30, has allowed only one run on six hits and two walks while striking out 10 in 10 2/3 innings spanning seven relief appearances since a promotion from Triple-A Las Vegas. He last appeared Monday.
Torres worked as a starter with the 51s earlier this season. He had back-to-back complete games immediately preceding his call-up.