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Mets might try to limit Jacob deGrom's workload

Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets throws

Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets throws in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 4, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Credit: Getty Images / Joe Skipper

ATLANTA - Jacob deGrom may not face the same innings limitations as Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey, but the Mets nevertheless will look for ways to curtail his workload in the final weeks of the season as long as they maintain a comfortable lead over the Nationals.

Manager Terry Collins said he has seen signs of fatigue from the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, primarily with his command. But instead of skipping deGrom -- as the Mets have done with Syndergaard and Harvey -- they simply might build in more days between starts.

"We're trying to find a spot to push him back," Collins said. "We have a couple in mind. But I think he shows that he needs it, that he needs a couple of extra days here or there. I don't think he needs to be necessarily skipped, but it may come to that."

DeGrom has reached 176 innings in his first full season. He remains scheduled to start on Tuesday.

Collins opened the possibility of taking a similar approach to Jonathon Niese. He also does not have any innings restrictions, though he has carried a heavier workload than in recent years because he's avoided a stint on the disabled list. Niese has logged 161 innings.

Extra bases

Before the game, pitching coach Dan Warthen was hospitalized with an accelerated heartbeat, according to the team. Warthen was held for observation. Collins does not expect him to rejoin the team Friday, but the pitching coach seemed to be in good spirits. "I just got a text from him,'' Collins said. "He's eating cake. So it can't be that bad.'' . . . Reliever Hansel Robles returned to the Dominican Republic Thursday after the death of a family member. . . . Collins hopes to get Michael Cuddyer (wrist) some at-bats in this series . . . To commemorate 9/11, Mets players and coaches will wear caps from New York's first responders during batting practice Friday night.

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