WASHINGTON (AP) -Mets right-hander Orlando Hernandez flew to New York on Sunday to have a doctor check out pain in his pitching shoulder.
Hernandez (2-1) is scheduled to start Monday at home against the Florida Marlins.
He told the Mets about his shoulder when he arrived at RFK Stadium before Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, general manager Omar Minaya said. Hernandez threw a bullpen session Saturday.
``We'll see what the doctor says,'' Minaya said.
The GM didn't say what the team would do if Hernandez isn't able to start Monday; one possibility could be to push rookie right-hander Mike Pelfrey up a day from his scheduled outing Tuesday.
Second baseman Jose Valentin also traveled to New York on Sunday. He was to have an MRI exam on his right knee after leaving Saturday's game in the fourth inning.
``Hopefully, it's only going to be a couple of days I'm telling myself, based on the way he was walking,'' Minaya said. ``I hope that it's OK, and it won't be a DL.''
Notes: RHP Pedro Martinez (rotator cuff surgery) should start throwing off a mound ``sometime in June - that's what my understanding is,'' Minaya said. ``He's still in the long-toss mode.'' ... 1B Carlos Delgado (.187 batting average) was out of the starting lineup for the first time this season. ``I know what I need to fix. I haven't fixed it yet. I feel like I'm rushing, pulling off,'' Delgado said. ``I'm pulling off the ball, moving my head too much. I can't drive the ball because I don't have any weight on my back leg. I'm not using my hands, blah, blah, blah. I'm not anxious.'' Said manager Willie Randolph: ``Sometimes a day off is good. Sit back and watch the game. Rest your mind a little bit, rest your body.''

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