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Sunday, May 11, 2014
Sandy ducks media on Mejia, other topics

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Sandy Alderson ducked the media. So Terry Collins was left to answer questions about whether Jenrry Mejia would remain Wednesday’s starter against the Yankees, even though that ultimately is the general manager’s call.

Asked after Sunday’s 5-4, 11-inning win against the Philadelphia Phillies if there is a resolution on Mejia's status, Collins said “not really.”

The continuation of his answer suggested Daisuke Matsuzaka might have been the alternative as Wednesday's start, but perhaps disqualified himself by logging two innings Sunday.

“With Dice going two today, we’ll have to see what’s going to happen there,” Collins said.

Alderson and Collins did meet after Sunday’s game, although the topics were not clear.

Rafael Montero is believed to be the Triple-A candidate Collins has advocated.

Asked collectively about the young pitchers such as Montero, Collins offered no indication a promotion was near.

“I think it’s going to be pretty exciting when they get here,” the manager said. “I don’t think there’s any question. We see what [young pitching]’s done in Miami. We’ve seen what it’s done in Pittsburgh, what it’s done in St. Louis. But it’s got to be the right time. And I think that’s where Sandy is real good at having a feel for what’s the right time.

“We thought we brought Matt [Harvey] up at the right time. We think we brought Zack [Wheeler] up at the right time. And I think that when those guys start coming in here, it’ll be the right time.”