NEW YORK (AP) -Moises Alou's expected return from the disabled list was pushed back to the end of the week, after an exam on Tuesday showed tendinitis in his right shoulder.
``We're going to back him up a bit, go day to day on him,'' Mets manager Willie Randolph said. ``Hopefully Mo will be back in the next day or two.''
The 41-year-old outfielder hurt himself Sunday taking a swing in a rehab game. He said he didn't feel right throwing and came out of the game. An MRI exam revealed the tendinitis.
``Actually, I'm pleased with the results. It could have been worse,'' Alou said. ``I'm feeling a lot better today.''
Alou has been out since May 13 because of a strained left thigh. He was hitting .318 with two homers and 13 RBIs when he went to the DL for the 15th time in his career.
The Mets have found success in his absence, although even before Alou's latest setback, they were hoping to see what the career .301 hitter still had to offer them - or potential trade partners - before the July 31 deadline for trading without waivers.
Alou expressed a desire to stay with the first-place Mets, his seventh big league team.
``I came to New York to perform, and I haven't had the opportunity to do that,'' Alou said. ``Hopefully, August, September, October, I can help this team.''

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