NEW YORK -- Johan Santana will not make his scheduled start on Friday against the Braves to give his sore right ankle a few days of extra rest. Dillon Gee will start in his place.
Santana twisted his right ankle on Friday night against the Cubs attempting to barehand a Justin Turner flip at first base. Reed Johnson, who hit a dribbler in between the mound and first base, then stepped on Santana's already twisted ankle when he ran through the base.
As planned, R.A. Dickey will start for the Mets on Saturday, and manager Terry Collins said that Santana and Jon Niese will likely start on Sunday and the following Tuesday, July 17, though not necessarily in that order. Chris Young will pitch fifth in the rotation, making his first post-All-Star break appearance on July 18.