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Mets mapping out rotation with Harvey in mind

Mets mapping out rotation with Harvey in mind

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MINNEAPOLIS -- After losing starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia to a right elbow injury Saturday, the Mets are still looking for his replacement.

Manager Terry Collins said that while there is some sort of plan, nothing is set in stone. He is hoping to give Matt Harvey an extra day between his starts, at the very least.

"There's a real good shot we're going to let Matt have that extra day," Collins said. "It's not finalized, but that might be in our best interests and his best interest, [Zack] Wheeler's best interest, as we're going into the last month of the season. But right now, we've got to find someone to pitch Friday, if that's the case. And if we don't come up with someone to pitch Friday, we may have to ask the big boy to go out there."

After Monday's 6-1 win, Collins was asked again about who might fill Mejia's spot in the rotation Friday against the Tigers. Collins put it succinctly: "Right now, it's Carlos Torres.

Torres is 2-2 this season with a 3.00 ERA through 45 innings. He made three straight starts from July 13-28 and gave up 10 runs on 21 hits in that stretch. He also struck out 13.

Kelly Erickson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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