Bullpen limited for Wednesday's contest

Bullpen limited for Wednesday's contest

NEW YORK -- With Jon Niese not expected to miss any time after leaving Tuesday night's game early with a leg injury, the biggest concern stemming from that early exit may be its effect on the bullpen on Wednesday.

Niese pitched just 2 1/3 innings before departing, leaving 6 2/3 frames to the bullpen. Five relievers combined to throw 138 pitches in the 7-2 loss, with left-hander Robert Carson tossing 38 pitches over 2 1/3 frames.

Manager Terry Collins plans to stay away from Carson on Wednesday, as well as righty Brandon Lyon, who threw 32 pitches in his one inning. Collins also needs to be careful with Jeurys Familia, who pitched 1 2/3 innings on Tuesday, leaving Josh Edgin, Scott Rice, Scott Atchison, LaTroy Hawkins and closer Bobby Parnell available.

"Our bullpen is in good shape," Collins said. "Edgin is still out there, Rice is fine, Bobby's fine, Hawk's out there and he's fine. We'll be OK, but if [starter Matt Harvey] takes one off his shin, we're going to have some issues."

Despite the remaining relief options, it doesn't hurt to have Harvey toeing the rubber on Wednesday. The right-hander has pitched at least seven innings in each of his first four outings on his way to compiling a 4-0 record and 0.93 ERA.

Collins, however, doesn't want Harvey placing any added pressure on himself after Niese's short start, and that's something pitching coach Dan Warthen will cover with Harvey during their pregame meeting.

"One of the things that's going to be brought up is, 'You've got to just be yourself. Go out and pitch, throw strikes, change speeds, do your thing, but don't try to do too much,'" Collins said. "Like I said, with his quality of stuff, if he's around the strike zone, he's going to be out there later in the game."

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