The idea is certainly appealing to the New York Mets: R.A. Dickey on the mound every four days instead of five. Dickey puts less stress on his arm than a conventional pitcher because he features a knuckleball. So he probably needs fewer days of rest between starts. And with Dickey the most dominant force in baseball right now, Mets Manager Terry Collins acknowledged the thought of starting his unlikely ace more often than usual is definitely tempting.
"Absolutely," Collins said Tuesday. " Theoretically, he probably needs three days."
Still, the Mets have no plans to try it at this point, though Collins conceded that if they make the playoffs they'll have a potential weapon most other teams wouldn't.
"Everything looks great now — it's June. Ask him how he felt last September. He was tired," Collins said. "And the one thing we aren't going to do is look up in August and have this guy worn out because we're bringing him back on three days' rest."
Collins said he and pitching coach Dan Warthen mapped out the whole scenario last month, curious what it would look like for the entire rotation. In the end, they decided to scrap it.
"We just haven't been brave enough to try it just yet, because I think it just screws up the other guys also," Collins said.
The 37-year-old Dickey (11-1) became the first major-league pitcher in 24 years to throw consecutive one-hitters Monday night in New York's 5-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. He has not yielded an earned run in 422⁄3 innings.
"I could get out there and pitch probably every fourth day. How effective I would be, I don't know," Dickey said. "I like the routine that I've been in."
Dickey said the most taxing part of working regularly on three days' rest might have nothing to do with his arm.
"Maybe your brain, to be honest. I mean, it's a mental grind. Not that I don't love the challenge of that, but it's just all of it. ... You feel it in your feet, your knees, your joints, your hips. I know I move around out there like an 18-year-old, but I'm not," Dickey said with a smile.
■ Rangers TV play-by-play announcer Dave Barnett will undergo an evaluation and miss at least two games after he gave a rambling, incoherent description of game play that confused viewers. During the eighth inning Monday night in San Diego, Barnett said a runner was on "fifth" base after a "botched robbery." He then mentioned a "henchman" before the broadcast went silent for several seconds. The team said Barnett thinks he's had a recurrence of migraine headaches.
■ Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy is set to visit orthopedist Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on the partial tear in his right elbow. There's no word yet on how long Beachy will be out. He has a 2.00 ERA and is 5-5 in 13 starts.
■ The Rays will place right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder fatigue. Hellickson is 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 781⁄3 innings over 13 starts. He said X-rays of his shoulder did not reveal any damage and he only expects to miss two starts.