Dickey day-to-day

New York Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey is day-to-day with a partial tear of the plantar facia in his right foot, the team announced Friday. Dickey underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

R.A. Dickey

R.A. Dickey

#43 SP

New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM11
  • W2

  • L5

  • BB21

  • K35

  • ERA4.50

“It’s a day-to-day issue,” Dickey said. “I’m optimistic. I feel like it’s just a matter of managing the symptoms and I’ll be out there.”

Dickey suffered the injury while trying to cover first base during the Mets’ 9-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday afternoon.

The knuckleballer wore a boot and used a crutch after the game.

“It’s sore,” Dickey said. “But it’s probably 60 percent better than it was when I did it.”

In 10 starts for the Mets this season, Dickey is 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA. The 36-year-old has allowed 72 hits in 60 innings.

The Mets’ starting rotation has already been decimated by injuries. Right-hander Chris Young is out for the season with a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder, while ace Johan Santana is not expected to return from shoulder surgery until July.

Dickey said he initially believed first baseman Daniel Murphy would cover the bag on Kosuke Fukudome's grounder to second, then noticed the responsibility would be his for manning first.

"I kind of froze," Dickey said Thursday. "And then when I saw Murphy go to get the ball it kind of took me by surprise and I started up again. And when I did I felt a real intense burning sensation in my heel and involuntarily just went down. ... It's like I stepped on a railroad tie upside down, like a spike."

Collins said there was a small piece of good news in the initial diagnosis by trainers.

"At first they thought it was an Achilles tendon," manager Terry Collins said Thursday. "I guess that's fully intact, so that's not the issue."

"This is all new to me," Dickey said. "I've never had the sensation I had when I was out there.

The 36-year-old Dickey will throw a bullpen on Sunday to see if he can make his next start.

Dickey was unsure if he'd need surgery at the end of the season to repair the partial tear.

Collins said the team has a contingency plan if Dickey cannot pitch, but would not reveal it.