The Mets plan to use Sean Gilmartin and/or Logan Verrett as a sixth starter occasionally during the first half of the season, GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Wednesday.
Alderson said that no one in the starting rotation is under a pitch limit or innings restriction, but noted that it's wise to space out starts and get extra rest when possible for the staff.
Including the postseason, of the Mets' expected starting rotation in 2016, all but Bartolo Colon reached career-highs in innings last season.
Matt Harvey, in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, had 216 innings pitched, as did Jacob deGrom. Noah Syndergaard tossed 198.2 innings between Triple-A Las Vegas and the Mets, and Steven Matz had 155.2 innings combined between Double-A Binghamton, Triple-A, and the Mets.