A few days ago, Mets manager Terry Collins was asked if he would consider using newly acquired outfielder Rick Ankiel as a pitcher if he needed an arm to spell his taxed bullpen.

Collins mentioned not just Ankiel, but also first baseman Ike Davis and backup catcher Anthony Recker as potential arms of last resort. But Ankiel said Thursday morning he would not want the ball, even if a game went deep into extra innings, even if the Mets were in a bind.

"No," Ankiel said, "‘cause if I ever did that and I got hurt, I’d never forgive myself."

The 33-year-old spent his first four seasons in the majors as a left-handed pitcher before his career took an unusual turn. Plagued by control issues, Ankiel abandoned the mound and resurfaced in the big leagues as a left-handed-hitting outfielder.

Ankiel entered Thursday afternoon’s game with a .243 career average. He said that he has no desire to plant a foot in both worlds, even if it meant just spot duty as a pitcher.

"For me, if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it," Ankiel said. "If I’m going to pitch, I’m just going to make the switch."