SAN DIEGO - With the score tied in the eighth inning on Friday night, Mets righthander Jeurys Familia needed only six pitches to toss a scoreless frame in what ultimately became a 5-4 win over the Padres.
Had the Mets not pushed ahead in the ninth, manager Terry Collins said he would have asked Familia for another inning. But with Familia's recent workload, those multi-inning stints could become much less frequent.
"I'd like to try to cut him off," said Collins, who has leaned heavily on the young righthander.
Familia, 24, pitched eight times in the first month of the season, but since May 1, his 38 appearances are the most in baseball. He has posted a 1.37 ERA in that span, the sixth best among those with at least 30 innings pitched.
"One thing that we've seen here in my time here is our bullpen is made up of a lot of guys who are one-inning pitchers," Collins said. "They can go out and really dominate for an inning. So we've tried to keep it at that."
Collins said there will be instances when "the game dictates" that Familia will pitch more than one inning, especially because he's been one of the Mets' most effective relievers.
The hard-throwing Familia has made 12 multi-inning appearances this season out of the bullpen.
The Mets expect lefthander Jonathon Niese (shoulder fatigue) to come off the disabled list sometime during the Mariners series, though Collins declined to specify which day he will start. Niese could start Monday or Tuesday, with Jacob deGrom expected to get the other assignment . . . Former Met Jordany Valdespin returned to the major leagues Saturday night as a member of the Marlins after beginning the season with Triple-A New Orleans. Valdespin's pattern of erratic behavior prompted the Mets to cut ties with him in the offseason.
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