With the bullpen depleted in the wake of Carlos Torres' emergency spot start Monday, the Mets plan to add righthander Gonzalez Germen in time for Tuesday night's game in Oakland.
The Mets are in this predicament because of unfortunate circumstances. They learned Monday morning that Bartolo Colon's mother was in critical condition and permitted him to miss his start to fly to the Dominican Republic. To make room for Germen, the Mets said they will place Colon on the bereavement list, which allows a team to replace a player for three to seven days so he can tend to a serious illness in his immediate family.
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Making a roster move was not an option for Monday's game, Terry Collins said, because there wasn't enough time to get a pitcher from the minors to Flushing for the 12:10 p.m. start. Germen has been with Triple-A Las Vegas, which was in Omaha, Nebraska, on Monday.
The Mets chose to call up Germen instead of activating Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) in part because Matsuzaka would have some pitch restrictions. He threw 69 pitches in his fourth rehab outing Saturday.
Torres' outing (five scoreless innings) was especially impressive given that he didn't learn he would be starting until hours before the game. He threw 86 pitches, a heavy load considering he came into the day having thrown a total of 109 in August.
Torres, who pitched to two batters in relief Sunday, was the first major-leaguer to make a start on zero days' rest since the Angels' Billy Buckner in June 2013. The last time a pitcher threw five scoreless innings on zero days' rest was the Phillies' Bruce Ruffin in 1991. He pitched eight scoreless innings a day after facing a hitter in relief.
The Mets have hit .206 (122-for-591) while going 7-11 in August . . . Daniel Murphy's double in the ninth was the 187th of his career, tying him with Darryl Strawberry for eighth in franchise history.