NEW YORK -- Over the past 16 weeks, the sensation in R.A. Dickey's right foot has diminished from acute pain to mild discomfort -- and recently, to nothing. As a result, Dickey will not need surgery after the season to repair a partially torn plantar fascia in his foot.
The tear has scarred over, Dickey said, eliminating the need for surgery, which would have only become necessary had Dickey continued to pitch through considerable pain. On the contrary, the last of his discomfort subsided several weeks ago, at which point Dickey ceased taping his foot before games. An extreme measure to begin with, surgery never became a realistic option.
"Fortunately, there wasn't another problem," Dickey said. "Which is good."
Partially tearing his plantar fascia on May 26 in Chicago, Dickey has since become the Mets' most consistent pitcher. The knuckleballer has submitted 10 consecutive quality starts dating back to July 25, posting a 2.73 ERA with 39 strikeouts and nine walks over that span.
Bay out of Mets lineup to rest right shoulder
NEW YORK -- Still feeling the effects of a jammed right shoulder suffered over the weekend, Jason Bay was out of the Mets' lineup Tuesday evening against the Nationals. Neither he nor the team expected the outfielder to miss any more than one game.
"He said it felt better [Monday]," manager Terry Collins said. "But I told him he needed to get a day, so I thought [Tuesday] would be the day for him."
Not wanting to sit against a left-handed starter on Monday, Bay instead played and finished 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. It was the first disappointment in some time for Bay, who won National League Player of the Week honors after hitting .481 with two home runs, five doubles and 10 RBIs last week.
Bay has fared particularly well against left-handed pitchers this season, hitting .302 with a .509 slugging percentage and five of his 12 home runs, despite taking fewer than a third of his at-bats against lefties.
Rookie right-hander Chris Schwinden will step into the Mets' rotation on Thursday, replacing Miguel Batista. Chris Capuano, who had been scheduled to pitch that day, will instead take the mound for Friday's series opener in Atlanta. Schwinden gave up five runs over five innings in his big league debut Sept. 8.
Jason Isringhausen received an injection Monday to relieve the pain in his back, but he is still "a few days" away from returning to the mound, according to manager Terry Collins. Isringhausen has not pitched since Sept. 6 due to a herniated disk.
The Mets on Tuesday hosted Star Wars night at Citi Field to benefit Stand Up To Cancer, a non-profit that raises research funds for cancer treatment. All tickets purchased through the program included a $5 donation to Stand Up To Cancer.
Mets manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson were among those watching switch-hitting 16-year-old catcher Jose Garcia, whom the Mets signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela in July, take batting practice Tuesday afternoon at Citi Field.