With Gee returning, Mets go with 6-man rotation

With Gee returning, Mets go with 6-man rotation

PITTSBURGH -- Ever since Dillon Gee's readiness to come off the disabled list became apparent, most around the Mets have presumed that the team must choose between Gee and Noah Syndergaard.

In reality, the club is unlikely to choose. Manager Terry Collins indicated Friday that the Mets plan to proceed with a six-man starting staff indefinitely, fitting both pitchers into their rotation while offering strategic rest to Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon and others.

Syndergaard, who started Friday, pitched well enough in his first two starts to prove that he deserved to stay. And Gee performed well enough in two rehab outings that the Mets did not want to demote him to the bullpen.

More than that, however, a six-man rotation gives the Mets ample opportunity to limit Harvey's innings in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, to prevent Jacob deGrom from placing too much stress on his balky hip and shoulder, and to avoid piling too many innings onto Bartolo Colon's soon-to-be-42-year-old frame.

"We've got a lot of managing to do of workloads," Collins said. "A lot of it. When you add Noah to deGrom to Harvey, there's a lot of maneuvering that needs to be done. So after I talk to Dillon, we'll come up with a plan that's hopefully going to work for us all.

"It's been more about workloads than anything else, about how to keep these guys strong without wearing them down, not giving them too much rest or skipping them. We're trying to do the best we can to keep from having to shut guys down. That's kind of where we're at right now with all of them."

Collins said the Mets will finalize their plans after he speaks with Gee, who is due to join the team on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.