The Mets played a game Sunday night, so naturally Fernando Salas pitched.
The right-hander has now appeared in five of the team’s six games this season and didn’t allow a run in a 5-2 win over Miami at Citi Field.
Salas came on in relief of Noah Syndergaard to start the eighth and after a scoreless inning, handed it over to Addison Reed, who picked up his first save since last April 27, as he fills in for the suspended Jeurys Familia.
Afterward, manager Terry Collins admitted he would have to monitor how much he used Salas.
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“We’re gonna keep a real sharp eye on it,” Collins said with a wry grin about Salas’ workload. “I’m very aware I’ve used him a lot. He’s pitched very [well], but he’s the one guy here who didn’t get a lot of work in spring training.”
Salas appeared in just five spring training games because of a delay in receiving his work visa after pitching in the WBC.
“I wanted to get him started and get him in games right away and this should help him out,” Collins said of his strategy. “I can’t worry about tomorrow. I’ve got to win tonight. We’ll see what happens [Monday].”
With Familia in the midst of a 15-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, Reed moved up to the closer’s role, while Salas has become the regular eighth-inning pitcher, albeit temporarily.
The Mets offense may be inconsistent so far in Queens, but Tim Tebow continues to hit with another home run for Single-A Columbia in a 6-0 win over Augusta on Sunday.
Tebow’s second homer of the season was a three-run shot to right. In three games, he’s 3-for-13 with a pair of homers, a walk and five strikeouts.
Tebow also went deep in his first at-bat as a pro in the South Atlantic League on Thursday. On Sunday, the lefty-swinging Tebow homered off Jose Morel, a 23-year-old right-hander.
On Sunday, Michael Conforto filled in for Curtis Granderson in center — and had mixed results defensively. His lack of aggression in the top of the third meant Cespedes came over from left to try to catch Miguel Rojas’ fly ball and Cespedes dropped it.
“I had a shot on it,” Conforto said. “I took a step back on it and was trying to get back to it. I didn’t end up calling it. I saw [Cespedes] out of the corner of my eye and it looked like he was gonna get there. It’s just one of those things.”
With Conforto and Jay Bruce both hitting homers Sunday, the Mets have gone deep in five straight games. It was their first multi-homer game of the season. … Jacob deGrom will make his second start of the season Monday in Philadelphia. He’s 4-0 with a 2.42 ERA in seven starts versus the Phillies — and the Mets have won all of those games.