Collin McHugh on taxi squad, in case of news on Johan

The Mets said Collin McHugh will be on the taxi squad for Thursday in the event Johan Santana is unable to make his scheduled start.

If McHugh is activated, he must be added to the 40-man roster – currently, there are 39 players on the 40-man roster.

McHugh is 2-4 with a 3.39 ERA in 12 starts with Triple-A Buffalo. He is a combined 7-9 with a 2.88 ERA in 24 starts between Buffalo and Double-A Binghamton.

Triple-A manager Wally Backman recently told ESPN that McHugh had the best control on his staff, drawing comparisons to Mets RHP Dillon Gee.

On Monday night, the Mets said Santana would undergo an MRI on his back, although he remains the scheduled starter for Thursday’s series finale against the Rockies.

Terry Collins said the team did not have the results of Santana’s MRI from team doctors as of Tuesday night.

Santana allowed six runs in five innings to the Nationals last Friday night . He is 3-7 with a 8.27 ERA in the 10 starts since his no-hitter on June 1, during which he is averaging just under five innings per start.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Based on what Sandy said yesterday, it sure sounds like they’re planning to shut him down – if not this week, then very soon…¬†As far as the six-man rotation goes, Terry Collins said he did not want his pitchers to have more than six days rest, which will be difficult with the coming off days. I wonder if they’ll skip Jeremy Hefner or maybe Chris Young in order to keep other pitchers from pitching beyond the sixth day. Alternatively, they could simply skip Santana’s start, go back to a five-man rotation through the off-day, and then insert Jenrry Mejia into the rotation after that.

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