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.
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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.
“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.