PHILADELPHIA -- Collin McHugh's return to the starting rotation will highlight a modest group of September callups for the Mets.
McHugh, whom the Mets sent back to the Minors after his brilliant Major League debut last week, will slot back into the rotation on Sept. 3 in St. Louis. But he may not necessarily remain there for the rest of the season. Though manager Terry Collins was mostly mum Tuesday on the subject of callups, he said earlier this month that Jenrry Mejia should receive a start or two down the stretch.
The Mets figure to spend the rest of their callups on players who can fill holes in their roster. Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez could slot into bullpen roles, and Mike Nickeas should reprise his role on the team's catching staff. The team will also recall Jordany Valdespin, who has spent much of this season with the Mets.
Not all of those players will be in uniform on Sept. 1, with Triple-A Buffalo's season stretching until Sept. 3. But they will come eventually.
"It's always exciting to see young players come up in September," Collins said. "But it also depends on what kind of opportunities they're going to get. I've seen a lot of guys get called up and just not play much. So we'll have to wait to see who those guys are going to be and how we're going to use them, and what roles they're going to be in."
The one callup assured of a significant role is McHugh, who struck out nine over seven scoreless innings in his debut. McHugh's presence should allow the Mets to stretch back out to a six-man rotation, giving Chris Young, Matt Harvey and Jon Niese extra rest down the stretch. Harvey, on a strict innings limit, may not make it to the end of the season without an extra day between starts.