NEW YORK -- With Matt Harvey due to be shut down following his two remaining starts, the Mets are planning who will take his slot in the team's six-man rotation.
Manager Terry Collins said ideally both Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia would get at least one start, though admitted there was likely not enough time. If Harvey's last start comes on regular rest, he will make his final start on Sept. 19 against the Phillies, leaving two openings in the rotation before season's end.
However, that may change -- Collins said that as of Saturday, Mejia could make that Sept. 19 start, with Harvey pitching on a different day. He has yet to plan a start for Familia, the Mets' No. 3 overall prospect.
"Familia is less likely to get one, but we are going to try and get him one," Collins said. "I have one in my schedule, but [pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] doesn't, so we'll see how it goes. There will be a conversation deciding what will work out best, but it will come in basically that last week."
Collins said another option would be to integrate a piggyback system, allowing two starters to pitch on the same day. He said it's possible that Mejia could pitch five innings in his first start, followed by four innings from Familia, but added Familia may be assigned to piggyback with Chris Young later this month.