Colon on for Saturday, Mejia still TBD

April, 18, 2014
Apr 18
6:34
PM ET
NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon will be on the mound for the New York Mets on Saturday, as scheduled, barring an unforeseen setback.

Colon has been dealing with back spasms, but worked out at Citi Field on Thursday, which was an off day for the team.

"[Colon] threw his long toss which he likes to do," Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday afternoon. "[He] felt great, so he’ll be there Saturday."

That being said, Collins has also instructed Daisuke Matsuzaka -- just called up from Triple-A -- to prepare as if he's starting Saturday.

"Just in case something happens, with the fact that it’s gonna be somewhat cool tomorrow," Collins said. "If Bartolo’s back stiffens up on him, then [Matsuzaka's] gotta be ready."

Jenrry Mejia, who tore open a blister on his right middle finger in his last start, was scheduled to try to throw prior to Friday night's game against the Atlanta Braves.

"We’ll see how his finger holds up today," Collins said.

If Mejia can't make his next start, scheduled for Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals, Matsuzaka would replace him -- if he doesn't have to replace Colon, of course.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .298
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .827
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180