Johan Santana wants the ball for his next scheduled start, but will have to wait until tomorrow to find out the verdict from the Mets.

Manager Terry Collins yesterday acknowledged he will meet with general manager Sandy Alderson tomorrow at Citi Field to determine the best course of action for the struggling left-hander, who could be shut down for the season if it is determined his surgically repaired left shoulder needs the rest.

Collins yesterday met with Santana to get his thoughts on the matter, but wouldn't divulge the lefty's opinion. But Santana made his stance clear to The Post when asked if he wants to pitch Thursday.