Collins expects no issue with Colon


Jenrry Mejia (blister) and Bartolo Colon (back) both are dealing with minor medical issues.PHOENIX -- Bartolo Colon is fully expected to start Saturday in his normal rotation spot, Terry Collins said Wednesday.

Colon has been bothered by back spasms, but Collins said the 40-year-old pitcher pledged he would be OK for the upcoming start against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

Meanwhile, the Mets will have a better feel for Jenrry Mejia's availability for his next start once he throws a bullpen session Friday in Queens. Mejia left his last start after 77 pitches and five scoreless innings after a blister on his right middle finger tore.

Collins said trainers are equipped to apply material that can get Mejia ready for his next start, which would be Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Sandy Alderson acknowledged Daisuke Matsuzaka's promotion does provide a safety net.

"Right now we brought up Daisuke to pitch out of the pen, more or less in a long role," the GM added. "But he does give us some insurance with any of our starters."