Thursday, June 13, 2013
The Mets will likely use a six-man rotation for one turn when Zack Wheeler arrives, according to manager Terry Collins. Wheeler is expected to make his debut during the night game of the doubleheader against Atlanta on June 18.
"What we're going to do most likely, when Zack comes, we'll go with an extra starting pitcher for a turn so that everybody can stay in line," Collins said Wednesday. "We'll see how those games come out, if somebody happens to be overworked or someone has a short outing, maybe he can come back earlier. Certainly we have no intentions of jerking anybody out at this time."
The two likely candidates to be removed from the rotation are Jeremy Hefner and Wednesday's starter, Dillon Gee. Jon Niese and Shaun Marcum both appear safe, while Matt Harvey has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season.