Johan Santana and Terry Collins both say the lefthander is fine, but a day after announcing that Santana would pitch the Mets' first game after the All-Star break, the manager said his ace will be pushed back so his right ankle can get extra time to recover.

The 33-year-old rolled his ankle and had it stepped on by Chicago's Reed Johnson during a play at first in the fifth inning of the Mets' 8-7 loss to the Cubs on Friday. Collins said the status of the ankle hadn't changed. The team is just being cautious.

"He's fine. Don't misread anything," Collins said after Sunday's 7-0 loss. "We just want to make sure that he's 100% when we come out of the break. We haven't decided if he's going to pitch Game 3 or 4 in Washington yet. We thought, with the medical staff, we wanted to make sure his ankle was 100%."