May 4, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Carlos Torres (52) prepares to pitch in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Mets defeated the Rockies 5-1.Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Torres has an upper lat issue, says he's fine

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Mets reliever Carlos Torres has an “upper lat issue,” but told Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger that he feels good - and that pitching Tuesday night will not be an issue.

Torres was unavailable Monday night.

Since appearing in six games in eight days between April 20 and April 27, Torres has been in just two games – a two-inning stint during a blowout loss on May 2, and a two-batter assignment on May 4.

For the season, Torres has posted a 2.55 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 17.2 innings spanning 16 games.

Thoughts:

After entering the season as the long-man/spot-starter, Torres has emerged as Terry Collins‘ setup man. However, he’s been both overused and misused.

As is noted above, Torres appeared in six out of eight games from April 20 through April 27, but has gone largely unused since.

When you have a setup man who has been overused, the last thing you should be doing is asking him to work multiple innings in a blowout, but that’s exactly what Collins asked him to do on May 2.

Hopefully, whatever ailment Torres has is as minor as he’s making it seem.

 

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