R.A. Dickey will not be used on short rest going forward

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Terry Collins said he no longer plans to use R.A. Dickey on short rest through the remainder of the season.

Collins intends to use Jeremy Hefner in the rotation if he needs to give a starting pitcher extra rest, but will continue to use Dickey in his normal turn through the rotation.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Good. I thought it was a bad idea to begin with. The only benefit I saw with this move was affording Dickey the most opportunities to reach 20 wins, but if he pitches well enough, he should get there anyway. This would have thrown off Dickey’s routine and the routines of the other starters – routines and habits are important for pitchers to maintain throughout their work week. As I said, pitchers are creatures of habits, and Dickey’s continuous routine probably plays into what makes him and his knuckleball so effective. Case in point was when Collins adjusted the rotation to give Santana extra rest after the no-hitter, and everyone seemed to struggle with that adjustment. Besides, the team has fallen way out of the playoff race at this point, and so there is no reason to gamble and take risks with Dickey and the rest of the starting pitchers anyway.

Dickey is 14-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 153 1/3 innings over 23 games and 22 starts this season.