Monday, May 30, 2011

No Decision From Collins to Let Dickey Start Tomorrow


Injured R.A. Dickey wants the ball tomorrow night against the Pirates, but Mets manager Terry Collins hasn't reached a decision yet.

The veteran knuckleballer threw a bullpen session before the Mets' 9-5 victory over the Phillies yesterday and indicated his right foot wasn't an issue.

Dickey incurred a partial tear of his plantar fascia while attempting to cover first base on Thursday at Wrigley Field.
"There's some pain I have to negotiate around," Dickey said. "[But] it's nothing that impeded my ability to pitch, which is great."
Even so, Collins wants to see how Dickey responds today. The manager also is concerned about how Dickey might handle bunt plays and covering first base. Dickey indicated his biggest concern is stopping and starting.
"I think it's that initial push-off that's the most concerning thing," Dickey said.
But it's Dickey's plan to be toeing the rubber Tuesday night.
"The Mets have made an investment in me and I want to be able to give them a return on that investment," Dickey said. "I take that very seriously."
Collins has not revealed his contingency plan, but righty Chris Schwinden would be available on full rest from Triple-A Buffalo to make his major-league debut.
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