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Monday, March 11, 2013
Collins confirms Hefner is Johan alternative

By Adam Rubin

LAKELAND, Fla. -- It already had been abundantly clear, but Terry Collins confirmed Jeremy Hefner is the rotation alternative to Johan Santana.

"We're getting Jeremy Hefner ready," Collins said. "In case Johan can't post, we've got to make sure he's lengthened out, so that we have a guy ready to step in."

Hefner has a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings spanning four appearances this spring training. He has allowed seven hits and two walks while hitting a batter. Opposing hitters have a .189 average against him.