As the Mets deal with the loss of Matt Harvey, the season must go on without him. Thursday marks Harvey's first turn in the rotation since the announcement of his partially torn UCL tear, and it will be right-hander Carlos Torres taking his spot, as New York looks to tie a four-game series against the Philles at Citi Field.
Torres' contract was selected from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 15, and he's made 26 appearances since. While most of those have come out of the bullpen, he will be making his fourth start of the season in place of Harvey, who missed time in June with a blister on his finger.
In those outings, Torres went 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA. However, eight of the 10 runs he allowed came in his last start, giving up one run and going at least five innings in each in the previous two. When Torres toes the rubber on Thursday, it will be the second time he's pitched in this series, after throwing 2/3 of an inning in Monday's 2-1 loss.
The Phillies will counter with right-hander Ethan Martin, who hopes to put his most recent outing behind him. After earning victories in two of his previous three starts, Martin didn't make it out of the first inning last Saturday against the D-backs, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks while recording just two outs.
Martin will be the first pitcher to face Matt den Dekker, who was called up by the Mets on Tuesday and will make his Major League debut on Thursday. Although manager Terry Collins has been pleased with the play of Juan Lagares in center field, the Mets want den Dekker to eventually take over the spot permanently. It's also the spot den Dekker played in the Minors, most recently for Triple-A Las Vegas, where he batted .296 with six homers and 38 RBIs in 53 games.
"First of all, you're going to see them out there together," Collins said of den Dekker and Lagares. "We're talking about the possibility of doing that tomorrow. I'm not sure it's going to happen tomorrow, but Matt's going to play tomorrow. He's going to play center field. I don't think it's really fair to Matt to play him in a game in a position he's not comfortable in."
Mets: Flores makes debut at second base
As the Mets contemplate what to do with Wilmer Flores once regular third baseman David Wright returns from the disabled list, Wednesday gave them an opportunity to try the 22-year-old at second base.
Although he played 79 games at second with Triple-A Las Vegas this season, he made each of his previous 16 starts at third while filling in for Wright since Aug. 6. Going 1-for-4 at the plate, Flores switched back to third base in the eighth inning on Wednesday.
Without calling it an audition, Collins said he wants to figure out what the best spot for Flores is at the Major League level.
"I wanted to get him in there," Collins said. "I wanted to get him in there here at home. I wanted to get him out there so we could take a look."
Phillies: Sandberg pleased with Ruf's versatility
Darin Ruf has done a lot for the Phillies lately, so manager Ryne Sandberg decided to give the utility man a night off on Wednesday. By the fifth inning, though, Ruf was back in action, pinch-hitting for Pete Orr and taking over in left field.
Along with left, Ruf has played in right field and at first base while hitting batting .263 with 19 RBIs and eight home runs for Philadelphia since his debut on July 6.
"He's handled it great," Sandberg said. "I saw him a little bit at first base during the spring and I liked his moves over there, so I wasn't surprised about first base. In left field, he struggled some in Spring Training and then gradually got better before he was sent down."
Wednesday snapped a streak of 33 straight starts for Ruf, marking the first time he wasn't in the starting lineup since July 21.
"He's done a heck of a job," Sandberg said. "He's played the schedule -- day games, night games. He's moved around to different positions and really played hard and maybe this is a day to quicken up his bat a little and then get him back after it. He's had a good string of games and it's a good thing [for a day off] because he's done well."
• After singling and pulling up lame on his way to first base in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game, Phillies third baseman Cody Asche exited with a mildly strained right hamstring. Before leaving, Asche extended his hitting streak to nine games.
• The Mets are just 2-6 on the current homestand, which ends Thursday.
• After Wednesday's win, the Phillies are still just 3-14 in their last 17 road games. However, they've won nine of their last 12 at Citi Field.
• The Phillies are in the midst of a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, with their next off-day coming Sept. 5. Philadelphia has gone 7-5 in the first 12 games.
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.