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."