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Noah Syndergaard won't pitch out of the bullpen in Game 4

Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets

Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets is taken out of the game in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 10, 2015 in Los Angeles. Credit: Getty Images/ Sean M. Haffey

With the Mets one win away from finishing off the Dodgers, Noah Syndergaard will not be available out of the bullpen for Game 4 of the National League Division Series.

Manager Terry Collins said the rookie righthander is still "pretty sore" from his Game 2 start. Should the Mets need a Game 5 in Los Angeles, Collins also ruled out using Matt Harvey in relief.

If the Mets advance, Harvey is expected to be available for more than one start in the NLCS. He was limited to one outing in the NLDS.

While both pitchers could bolster the bullpen, the Mets have been protective of their young arms.

Instead, 42-year-old Bartolo Colon could play a key role in relief, as he's already done in two of the first three games of the NLDS. The strike-thrower has increasingly earned Collins' trust despite his relative lack of experience out of the bullpen.

Colon will likely back up Ward Melville product Steven Matz, who is making his first postseason start. The Mets are hoping he can log at least five innings in his first start since Sept. 24.

Juan Lagares remained in the lineup for a second straight night, this time against lefthander Clayton Kershaw. "We had a big night," Collins said, one day after the Mets set a franchise record with 13 runs in a playoff game. "I'm not going to mess with it."

Juan Uribe is unlikely to be available should the Mets advance to the NLCS, Collins said. The veteran infielder still hasn't done any baseball activities since aggravating a chest injury.


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