Mets manager Terry Collins announced Friday afternoon that the return of Dillon Gee from the disabled list would result in a six-man rotation for New York's starting pitchers as soon as Saturday when Gee returns to the clubhouse in Pittsburgh.
With Noah Syndergaard making his third start of the season Friday night, the Mets had no plans of demoting the rookie back to Triple A Las Vegas in replace for Dillon Gee. According to Collins, Syndergaard will continue to pitch in his respective slot along with Gee, who is coming off the DL from a right groin strain and is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Phillies.
So what does the extended rotation mean for the other Mets starting pitchers?
For Matt Harvey, who is well on track to exceed 200 innings this season straight off of Tommy John surgery, it means receiving some much-needed rest without reaching the team's inning cap.
Jacob deGrom could also use the slowed down pace with his recent hip and shoulder problems that were apparent to the Mets and Collins just last week. deGrom is coming off Thursday afternoon's eight scoreless innings against St. Louis.
As for Bartolo Colon, he has already announced his preference to pitching every five games but has agreed the extra rest could be of some benefit for Harvey and deGrom.
According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, Noah Syndergaard may not be allowed to go over 170 innings this season, which means the six-man rotation would benefit his work load as well.
Terry Collins is expected to give more details to the newly assembled rotation Saturday in Pittsburgh. For now, he has no idea of how long the Mets will implement the additional slot. He did, however, make it clear that they are "trying to do the best we can to keep from having to shut guys down."