In fact, even though the Mets don't yet have a starter for Saturday, manager Jerry Manuel said it's very unlikely that he would bring Santana back on three days' rest (and then pitch Oliver Perez on three days' rest on Sunday).
"I wouldn't go short with him unless he just took the ball and started the game," Manuel joked. "He'd have to do quite a job on me. That being said, I could be had. But I probably wouldn't do that."
Manuel said he thinks some pitchers are more suited than others to pitching on short rest.
"There's a lot of fight in (Santana)," Manuel said. "I don't know if he'd be the same on three days."
It may be irrelevant, anyway. The Weather Channel says there's a 100 percent chance of rain in New York Thursday night, and heavy rain is in the forecast for Friday and Saturday, too.