NEW YORK -- Though Miguel Batista has pitched serviceably for the Mets in his first three starts filling in for the injured Jon Niese, manager Terry Collins said Monday the team might give one of his starts to rookie right-hander Chris Schwinden.
In his only Major League appearance Sept. 8, the 24-year-old Schwinden allowed five runs on five hits in five innings pitched, striking out four and allowing a walk. He hasn't pitched since, a result of already throwing 150 2/3 innings this season, more than he has before in his professional career.
Batista has been effective in three starts for the Mets, going 1-0 with a 3.71 ERA, but at 40 years old, it is unlikely he will figure into the Mets' long-term plans.
"We might make an adjustment there. I just want to probably let Chris Schwinden have some time to catch his breath a little bit," Collins said. "He's had a long season, but we ultimately have to take another look at him."