SAN DIEGO -- The New York Mets' six-man rotation may end up a six-man rotation with an asterisk.
After Dillon Gee allowed seven runs (four earned) in four-plus innings against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday in his return from the disabled list, manager Terry Collins said it will be discussed among the staff whether Gee gets skipped the next time his turn comes up.
The Mets have a day off on Monday, after a four-game series in Arizona. If they go straight through the six-man rotation, Noah Syndergaard would start Tuesday, followed by Gee on Wednesday and Matt Harvey on Thursday of next week against the San Francisco Giants.
But that would mean Harvey has two extra days of rest between starts, which is not his preference. So the Mets will at least discuss having Harvey go on Wednesday, with just one extra day of rest.
"One of things that has got to be discussed is with that day off coming up," manager Terry Collins acknowledged after Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Padres. "[Pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] and I are going to sit down and talk about when [Gee's] next day will be."
Asked if Gee could be skipped, Collins added: "If I say so, it's a headline. So I'm not going to say so just yet."
Gee had a franchise record streak of 51 straight starts of five or more innings snapped.
Three of the seven runs charged to Gee were unearned, thanks to two errors by third baseman Ruben Tejada and one by Gee on a throw to the plate.
"I didn't feel terrible tonight, but the end result was it wasn't great," Gee said. "I didn't have a very good night tonight. I've had bad outings before. And I'll probably have them again. It's what you do in between that matters, and I think that I'll be fine."