Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is reporting that the Mets will use a four-man rotation this week and that Aaron Laffey will make his next start next Tuesday, a week from tomorrow, against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Essentially, the team will be using the off-day on Thursday to skip the fifth spot in the rotation this week.
“Laffey is going to be the guy until we figure out when Shaun’s going to be back, or if he’s going to be back, or where we stand,” Collins told Rubin. “There’s no number in mind of how many starts. It could be three. It could be seven. I don’t know.”
Until his next start, Laffey will be available out of the bullpen.
Laffey allowed three runs and ten hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings on Sunday and looked very hittable against a very weakened Marlins offense. In seven MLB seasons, the southpaw has a 4.40 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 149 appearances.
The Mets don’t owe Laffey anything beyond one last start to prove he belongs. He’ll have a tough go of it in Coors Field.