8/18/2014 4:35 P.M. ET
Colon scratched, heading to bereavement list
Righty, who was slated to face Cubs on Monday, leaves to be with ailing mother
By Tim Healey / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins got to the office on Monday morning and learned of a sudden change of plans.
Bartolo Colon, who had been scheduled to start in the series finale against the Cubs, was scratched. The right-hander was to fly home to the Dominican Republic to be with his critically ill mother.
Following Monday's 4-1 loss, the club announced via Twitter that Colon will be placed on the bereavement list and right-hander Gonzalez Germen will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas in advance of Tuesday's series opener at Oakland.
Right-hander Carlos Torres started in Colon's place on Monday and worked five scoreless frames in a no-decision. Before the game, Collins said he hoped to get four, maybe five innings out of Torres, who threw two pitches and recorded one out on Sunday.
Torres didn't find out he was going to start until he got to the stadium on Monday morning. It was his first start since last September, and this outing was his longest of the season. He went about it carefully.
"You start with one and hope you get through one and go from there," Torres said. "Because that very easily could have been two innings and out of the ballgame with eight runs. So you have to go with one inning no matter what, whether you're starting or relieving."
As a long man in the Mets' bullpen, Torres has thrown up to 81 pitches in 4 2/3 innings. That outing came on July 4, when starter Jon Niese left after one out. Torres also managed four innings (63 pitches) on June 15.
• Third baseman David Wright, who has been dealing with a sore left shoulder and didn't play on Sunday, was back in the lineup and playing third for Monday's series finale against the Cubs. He took swings in an indoor batting cage before the game.
"If the injury is going to cause him to not help us, then we're making a mistake by putting him in there, but we don't know until he's in there," Collins said. "Right now, he says he feels pretty good. ... I'm not worried about David Wright telling me the truth."
• A pair of top pitching prospects turned in strong performances in the Minors on Sunday. Noah Syndergaard struck out eight and allowed two runs in five innings for Triple-A Las Vegas, giving him 40 strikeouts and a 2.14 ERA in his last six starts. Meanwhile, for Double-A Binghamton, Long Island native Steven Matz spun seven innings of one-run ball. The lefty has allowed two earned runs in his last 20 innings (three starts) and owns a 2.35 ERA in 10 starts with the B-Mets.
Tim Healey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.