Hefner to start against Nats on Wednesday

Hefner to start against Nats on Wednesday

Hefner to start against Nats on Wednesday
NEW YORK -- Names in the New York Mets' starting rotation have been rotating so fast that it could make your head spin.

The Mets announced on Sunday that Jeremy Hefner would get the nod in Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals.

Friday and Saturday's starters -- Johan Santana and Miguel Batista, respectively -- each lasted just three innings against the Dodgers, forcing the Mets' bullpen to provide 12 combined innings of relief, which ultimately culminated in R.A. Dickey pitching Saturday's ninth inning. Hefner was a part of that effort -- he pitched two innings out of the 'pen on Saturday and tossed 47 pitches -- but Collins determined that the right-hander will be ready for Wednesday. Batista was designated for assignment Sunday.

After Sunday's 8-3 loss to the Dodgers, the Mets announced that their No. 2 overall prospect, Matt Harvey, would start the series opener against the D-backs in Arizona on Thursday.