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Friday, May 16, 2014
Mejia to work consecutive days soon

By Adam Rubin

WASHINGTON -- Jenrry Mejia has not pitched on back-to-back days since 2010, when he last was assigned to the big-league bullpen.

But if Mejia ultimately is to assume the full-time closer’s role, which is the intention, he will need to start working consecutive days.

That level of workload is coming soon.

Terry Collins said he may use Mejia on Saturday and Sunday, although the manager is not positive because the latter is a day game after a night game.

If not this weekend, certainly Mejia will work back-to-back days when the Mets return home beginning Tuesday to face the Los Angeles Dodgers, then the Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates.

“He hasn’t been back-to-back in four years, so we’ve got to be careful,” Collins said. “... For sure, if it’s not this weekend, next week he’s got to go back-to-back sometime.”

With Mejia having pitched Thursday against the Yankees, Daisuke Matsuzaka or Jose Valverde will handle the ninth Friday at Nationals Park if the Mets have a narrow lead. Collins suggested he could even use multiple relievers in the ninth, such as inserting a southpaw if lefty-hitting Denard Span is due up.