Santana to remain on set schedule

Santana to remain on set schedule

DENVER -- Despite his status as the Mets' clear ace, Johan Santana will continue to be treated like everyone else.

The Mets, manager Jerry Manuel said, will not rearrange the rotation to keep Santana on a five-day schedule, thereby maximizing his number of starts. Instead, if there is an off-day in the schedule -- as there was on Monday -- Santana will simply receive an extra day of rest.

Just like every other Met.

"I think the extra day early is always good," Manuel said. "Historically, [Santana's] numbers have been better with an extra day. With the other guys needing to almost stay regular, this time of the season you've got to give them every opportunity."