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Terry Collins basically admits he overworked Scott Rice

Apr 14, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Last season Mets manager Terry Collins was criticized for overusing rookie left-hander Scott Rice, who appeared in 73 of the team’s first 137 games before needing hernia surgery in early September.

This season Rice is struggling and Collins more or less admitted yesterday that he thinks it’s because of the huge 2013 workload, telling Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

The guy pitched in 73 games last year. And a lot of times the next year, when you pitch in that many games for the first time in your life, your arm doesn’t bounce back real fast. It takes a little time. I’ve seen it where, unfortunately, you’ve got to go through it.

That’s sort of a “hey, what are you gonna do?” response to a question that I’m sure Rice at least feels probably deserves more thought. With that said, Rice was a 31-year-old rookie who finally made the big leagues after 14 years in the minors and, based on his lengthy track record there, it’s possible that he’s simply a borderline major leaguer. We may never know for sure, though, because Collins rode him so hard right away.

  1. deep64blue - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Most 31 year old rookies if offered the chance to pitch in 73 games and then be finished would take that bargain ….

  2. Uncle Charlie - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Wasn’t this the storyline for a Disney movie?

  3. straightouttavtown - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    It’s Pedro Feliciano all over again.

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