NEW YORK (AP) — Jesse Hahn will likely see some familiar faces in the crowd Saturday — and the opposing dugout.
The San Diego Padres plan to recall Hahn from Double-A San Antonio to start against the New York Mets. The right-hander was a high school teammate of injured Mets ace Matt Harvey in Groton, Connecticut, about a 2-hour drive from Citi Field.
Must have made for quite a pitching staff.
"We just couldn't hit," Hahn said Friday in the Padres' clubhouse. "He was the only one who could hit."
Hahn said he'll try to leave about 10-15 tickets for family and friends but expects his cheering section could be larger.
It will be his second major league start, following a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on June 3 in San Diego. Hahn lasted 3 2-3 innings in that game, allowing four runs and six hits — including homers by Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker.
"I tired out in my last start a little bit, so I thought they'd send me down to build up some more stamina. I was able to go up to almost six innings my last start (in Double-A), and luckily I got the call again," Hahn said. "I just had so much adrenaline and so much excitement the first time. I think now I know what's going on. I know the game a little better now and I think I'll be more relaxed."
A sixth-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech in 2010, the 24-year-old Hahn was obtained from Tampa Bay in January as part of a seven-player trade. And just like Harvey, his career was interrupted by Tommy John surgery.
Hahn had the elbow procedure in August 2010 and missed the 2011 season. Harvey had the operation last October and is in the middle of his rehabilitation.
Hahn said he hasn't spoken to Harvey in about a year but hoped to see the All-Star pitcher this weekend at Citi Field.
"He's been really busy lately. It's been hard to get a hold of him," Hahn said with a grin.
Harvey and Hahn were in the same class at Fitch High School, where Harvey's father, Ed, coached the baseball team.
"He was awesome. He was one of the best coaches I've ever played under. He taught me a lot," said Hahn, who threw a no-hitter as a senior and set a Connecticut record with a 0.17 ERA.