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NEW YORK -- Before Jeurys Familia, the Mets' acting closer Tuesday, eventually closed the door on the Braves in the 8-3 win, he exhibited what manager Terry Collins called a "red flag."

Bullpen coach Ricky Bones reported to the manager that Familia had trouble getting loose before entering in the ninth, one day after Collins gave him a game off and two days after his velocity was down slightly against the Rangers.

The one-day reprieve wasn't enough for Familia's tired arm, and as a result he likely won't pitch Wednesday, either.

"They actually told me when he was warming up last night he didn't get ready very fast, which means there's still some stiffness in there," Collins said. "So we're going to be careful."

Familia won't need to be checked out by doctors, according to Collins, but the manager noted that his workload is worth monitoring.

Familia totaled 9 2/3 innings over eight games in March and April. Since then, he's tossed 36 1/3 frames over 35 games -- an average of more than 15 innings per month. There are no signs that Familia has consistently lost velocity off his fastball due to the increased usage, but this is the first season the 24-year-old is relieving full-time, and it could take some time to adjust to that sort of work schedule.

His 43 total appearances tie him for sixth-most in the Majors.

"Yeah, I have to be careful of that," Collins said. "It is a red flag for me. No doubt about it."

Tim Healey 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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