Mets morning briefing 7.21.12

Is it time to worry yet?

Johan Santana was rocked again on Friday night, giving up six earned runs on seven hits in three innings and the Mets lost to the Dodgers, 7-6, at Citi Field.

After the game, Terry Collins said the team is considering pushing the 33-year-old left-hander back. Santana’s next start is scheduled for Wednesday, and it may be Jeremy Hefner who makes it.

Miguel Batista gets the start for the Mets on Saturday afternoon. Hefner will back him up. Collins said R.A. Dickey might also be used in relief.

Read game recaps in the Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger and Record.

Saturday’s news reports:

• The Mets traded infielder Omar Quintanilla, who had been designated for assignment, was traded to the Orioles in exchange for cash.

Frank Francisco felt “good” after long-tossing Friday. He will take Saturday off before throwing a bullpen session Sunday. If that goes well, Francisco will appear in a rehab game next week.

Terry Collins isn’t optimistic that Dillon Gee will return this season. Gee (clot) is 6-to-8 weeks away from throwing again, meaning he’d basically be starting spring training again by then.

Mike Baxter’s rehab assignment was moved to Double-A Binghamton Friday night. Baxter went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Zack Wheeler was tagged for a career-worst eight runs in 3 2/3 innings, his second-shortest outing as a B-Met.

• St. Lucie was one out away from being no-hit.

TRIVIA: Dickey has won 11 straight decisions, the third-longest streak in Mets’ history. Who holds the franchise record?

Friday’s answer: Santana won a career-high 20 games for the Twins in 2004.