NEW YORK -- Right-hander Jeremy Hefner will join the Mets on Saturday, the club announced after its 7-6 loss to the Dodgers on Friday, but his role is unclear. The Mets will not announce a corresponding roster move until Saturday, but it very well could be a trip to the disabled list for lefty Johan Santana, who gave up six runs over three innings on Friday.
Manager Terry Collins said after the game that Santana is "not hurt" but added that he would discuss methods of restoring energy to the left arm of Santana, who has struggled in his past eight starts. He has a 6.54 ERA since throwing a no-hitter on June 1 against the Cardinals.
"Do you want to skip him one start?" Collins said. "If you put him on the DL, you skip him two starts. All of those things will be talked about."
Hefner can join the Mets' rotation in Santana's place or pitch out of the bullpen, providing relief to a unit the club leaned on for six innings in its series opener against the Dodgers.
Hefner appeared in 11 games -- making three starts -- for the Mets earlier this season before being optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. The righty has started three games since returning to Buffalo, allowing five runs in 15 1/3 innings.
Collins said that knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday, would be available out of the 'pen for New York's 1:10 p.m. ET contest.