DET@NYM: Harvey strikes out four, allows two runs

NEW YORK -- In 2011, Matt Harvey threw 135 2/3 innings in the Minors. In 2012, the Mets starter threw 169 1/3 between the Minors and the Majors.

This season, Harvey has already thrown 178 1/3 innings. And there are 34 games left in the season.

Manager Terry Collins said the Mets have already placed an innings limit on their young ace, but they are still looking for more ways to lessen his late-season workload. Harvey gave up two runs on a career-high 13 hits over 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Tigers on Saturday, and Collins said part of his struggles were a result of fatigue.

"That's what we've been trying to battle with the last two months," Collins said. "You've got a guy who's one of the best competitors I've ever been around, who thoroughly wants to pitch nine innings every night he's out there. And yet, you have to take into account what's in the best interest of the club, the team at the time and the organization down the road."

Collins said the Mets have looked into having Harvey back off bullpen sessions in between starts and back off his running program. The club has also talked about giving him extra days of rest where possible and even skipping him in the rotation.

"You're trying to put people in the seats out there, and having Matt Harvey out there every five days helps us," Collins said. "But we still know down the road, we have to keep this guy healthy."

Harvey is 9-5 with a 2.25 ERA and 195 strikeouts this season, but he's 1-3 with a 2.97 ERA in August.

"Everything is a learning process. I've never been through this before," Harvey said on Saturday. "Paying attention to it and figuring out ways to move past it is all part of learning and growing as a ballplayer. Everybody goes through it, and it's just a matter of pushing through it and figuring it out."

Flores rests ankle while Turner starts at third

NYM@MIN: Flores drives home Byrd to add a run

NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores was not in the Mets' starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Tigers.

Manager Terry Collins said it's just a day off for the young third baseman, who is dealing with a lingering ankle injury he suffered two weeks ago. Justin Turner started at third base.

Collins said Flores' ankle is fine, but he wanted to give him a breather. The Mets want to try Flores at second base one day this week, and Collins said he just wants to make sure his ankle isn't hurting him.

Flores is batting .283 with a home run and 11 RBIs in 15 games with the Mets this season.

"I just think that one day today might help him out a little bit," Collins said. "I'm not sure you'll see 100 percent for the rest of this year, just because playing third base, the starting and the stopping takes its toll."

Worth noting

• Catcher Travis d'Arnaud has impressed the Mets over his first six games with the team, despite the fact that he only has one hit in 15 at-bats.

"He gets it. He's very smart," Collins said. "He's handled everything great. He's going to be a real good player."

• Since May 30, Sunday's starter, Dillon Gee, ranks fourth in the Major Leagues with a 2.45 ERA.

• Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano turned 37 on Sunday.