NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Mets starter Mike “Big Pelf” Pelfrey joined Boomer & Carton on Wednesday morning to discuss his new role as the ace of New York’s pitching staff.

Pelfrey will temporarily be at the top of the Mets’ rotation in the absence of Johan Santana, who underwent surgery to in September to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

“I embrace it. I want to do that, I want to go out there. I’m not a big rah-rah guy, so I want to go out there and lead by example,” Pelfrey said. “Like I said, I go out there and take the ball every fifth day. No matter how I feel, banged up, whatever, I’m going to be out there every fifth day.”

Pelfrey and Mets agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract worth $3,925,000, a deal that avoided salary arbitration.

“Outside of one bad month, I thought everything was pretty good,” said Pelfrey about his performance in 2010. “At least the salary is going up and not down.”

Pelfrey made $500,000 last year, when the right-hander was one of the team’s few bright spots by going 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA in 33 starts and one relief appearance.


LISTEN: Mike Pelfrey with Boomer & Carton

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