NEW YORK (AP) _ Johan Santana will get two extra days of rest after his no-hitter.
The New York Mets say Santana’s next start will come Friday night at Yankee Stadium in the opener of the Subway Series.
Santana threw a career-high 134 pitches Friday night against St. Louis in the first no-hitter in team history. The Mets have been trying to get Santana additional rest this year after he missed last season while rehabilitating his surgically repaired left shoulder.
The Mets said Monday that Santana won’t pitch in this week’s series at Washington. Instead, he’ll face the Yankees in the New York interleague opener in the Bronx.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Santana was in favor of some extra rest, but “didn’t want to skip a start.”
As for pitching on his regular four days’ rest, Collins said: “I didn’t like that scenario.”
Santana threw a shutout in his previous outing against San Diego. Had the ace taken his usual turn Wednesday after two
straight complete games, Collins said he would have carefully watched Santana’s pitch count.
Collins also didn’t want to start Santana on Thursday because it would’ve disrupted R.A. Dickey’s turn in the rotation.
As it stands, Chris Young, who missed most of last season because of right shoulder surgery and has been in the minors this year, is set to start Tuesday night at Washington. Jeremy Hefner will start Wednesday night and Dickey will pitch Thursday against the Nationals.
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