Mets will audition players for 2013

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia throws a bullpen session Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia throws a bullpen session during spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

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With their postseason hopes long extinguished, the Mets will use the remainder of the season to audition players who may help next season. In the case of pitchers, manager Terry Collins said the Mets may turn to a spring training-style method to get as many looks as possible.

Collins mentioned the possibility of using Jenrry Mejia, Chris Young and possibly Jeurys Familia as part of a pitching tandem during games. The Mets would give a starter up to five innings before being relieved by another starter, a plan that teams often use toward the end of spring training when innings become scarce. "We can kind of take a look at two guys on one day," Collins said.

Mejia, 22, who missed most of last season after Tommy John surgery, will get the first chance. Collins said Mejia is slated to start Sept. 19 against the Phillies.

The Mets also have discussed giving Familia a start before the season is finished, though it would come during the final week of the season.

In just his second appearance, Familia allowed two runs on four hits in the seventh inning of the Mets' 11-3 loss to the Braves Saturday night.

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Extra innings

Shortstop Ruben Tejada was 0-for-4 after two days off. Collins hoped time away would rejuvenate Tejada, who has faded down the stretch. Collins considered sitting Tejada again Saturday before putting him in the lineup. Said Collins: "When the game was over [Friday] night and I sat there and thought about the whole thing, one of the things that comes to mind [was] guess what? He's got to learn how to play through this." . . . Centerfielder Andres Torres (twisted left knee) did not play though he was available off the bench . . . Tickets from Saturday's game can be exchanged for free tickets to Monday's matchup against the Nationals. Rain delayed Saturday night's game for 1 hour, 15 minutes.

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