Notebook: Santana, Bay, injury updates

NEW YORK -- If Johan Santana has a chance of throwing his second consecutive no-hitter on Friday night, chances are he's going to stay in.

"If it's a one-run game and it looks like he's getting fatigued, we might have to make a difficult decision," Mets manager Terry Collins said, "but when you've got a six-run lead and you're looking history right in the face, you gotta let him go."

Collins said Santana will be on a pitch count of about 115 -- 19 less than he threw last Friday. He liked how the southpaw's long-toss and side sessions went.

"Is he gonna throw 135? I hope not. Unless he's got a no-hitter, he probably won't," Collins said. "I'm not gonna limit him to 85-90 pitches tonight."

Jason Bay, who returns to the lineup and will hit eighth and play left field on Friday night, said he feels better, though he isn't 100 percent.

Bay was supposed to play on Thursday, but suffered a case of nausea as a result, he believes, of a bad reaction to antibiotics he was taking to clear a sinus infection.

Bay said he was also given nasal spray to try and treat the sinus infection, and he hopes it will help.

Collins said he wanted hit Bay lower in the lineup because he hasn't played that much of late.

"He didn't have an issue with it," Collins said.

Bay, 33, has been on the DL since fracturing a rib on April 23.

Omar Quintanilla has a slight fracture at the tip of his left index finger, tests revealed Friday, but the shortstop is going to gut it out.

Quintanilla said there is pain, but it’s manageable. He will wear a guard and has a pad in his glove.

It is unknown how long the injury is expected to affect Quintanilla.

Jon Rauch threw off a mound Friday morning and will be available in the Mets bullpen.

The 33-year-old right-handed reliever had been suffering from elbow inflammation. Doctors told him it was a freak injury.

Rauch says three days of rest combined with anti-inflammatory medication has helped.

Collins wants Rauch to be more consistent. He currently has a 4.76 ERA. Collins said the Mets will use Rauch how they see fit, and it may be earlier than the eighth inning.

• Shortstop Ruben Tejada (quad) is headed to Florida. Collins said the doctors want him to get a couple days of rest before starting a running program on Monday to see where he's at physically.

• Utility man Ronny Cedeño (calf) will run the bases on Friday and then do so more aggressively on Saturday, Collins said.

• Collins was asked if he's happy about the possibility of only having to play the Yankees three times a season as opposed to six times, given that the Astros are moving to the AL next season.

"Yes, absolutely," the manager joked. "Next year, who knows who's gonna be in their lineup, but I know one thing, they'll be good. Anytime you play them it's gonna be tough."

• Collins said the reason the team opted to keep Jeremy Hefner instead of Pedro Beato for the time being came down to the fact that Hefner can give a lot of innings, and Collins wants to see Beato get back to where he was last season.

• Three Mets and one of their clubhouse attendants rode in a police car to Yankee Stadium.

Dillon Gee, who will start on Saturday, said they were going to take the late bus, but were told they could hop in a cop car instead, so they did.

Gee and a clubhouse attendant rode in one car, while Bobby Parnell and Tim Byrdak rode in the other.

Gee said it was his first time riding in the back of a cop car -- and hopefully, he joked, his last.