Dickey expected to get second-half opener

R.A. Dickey is expected to start Friday's series opener when the Mets return from the All-Star break to face the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Jon Niese is due to start Saturday, followed by Mike Pelfrey in the finale against Philadelphia, sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

Terry Collins said he will not make any official pronouncement of the Mets' plans until Sunday. Dickey looked at his fingernails after delivering a pitch to Miguel Tejada on Friday as that issue appeared to resurface, but the Mets intend to use the knuckeballer in the second-half opener.

Word from Philadelphia media is that Vance Worley will start opposite Dickey. The expectation is Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee also would face the Mets that series.

Had Philadelphia used Cole Hamels in the series rather than Worley, the Mets would have become the first team in major league history to face seven straight All-Star starting pitchers. They lost to Clayton Kershaw in L.A. and are opposing Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain this series.


• The Mets plan to work out at 6 p.m. Thursday at Citi Field to regroup after the All-Star break.

• The team may ask Major League Baseball for a scoring change on Angel Pagan's shot to center field in the ninth inning Friday, which was ruled an error on Andres Torres.