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Carlos Torres to get start Friday to give Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler extra rest

Carlos Torres delivers a pitch during a game

Carlos Torres delivers a pitch during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. (Aug. 2, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

MINNEAPOLIS - The Mets considered promoting 25-year-old prospect Jacob deGrom to make a spot start Friday, but they decided to move Carlos Torres out of the bullpen for the assignment.

"Taking Torres out of the bullpen is tough for us," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "He's done a great job. We were reluctant to do that again. But we don't have a lot of good options here."

Because he's nearing his own innings limit, deGrom would have been available for two starts at the most for the Mets. The righthander is 7-7 this season with a 4.22 ERA at three minor-league levels, though he's 3-3 with a 3.93 ERA for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Using Torres on Friday allows the Mets to give an extra day's rest to Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. But that decision also comes with a trade-off. Torres has flourished as a reliever, posting a 1.45 ERA in 19 appearances, but has struggled to a 6.43 ERA in three starts.

The Mets want Harvey and Wheeler to pitch with extra rest between starts. Said Alderson: "Giving them an extra day here and there is just as important as getting them to the end of the season."

Byrd equals HR high

Marlon Byrd added yet another distinction in what has been a bounce-back season. The Mets outfielder equaled a single-season high, blasting his 20th homer in the ninth inning of Monday's 6-1 win over the Twins.

"It's a huge milestone for me," said Byrd, who hit 20 homers in 2009 with the Rangers.


'Hef', Mejia to see docs

Righthanded pitchers Jeremy Hefner and Jenrry Mejia are scheduled to visit with doctors Tuesday in New York for their elbow injuries. Both face the possibility of season-ending surgery.

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