|Lo Duca says he'll catch Glavine after MRI shows strain; Beltran day-to-day|
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|Sunday, 29 July 2007 12:15|
The news on All-Star center fielder Carlos Beltran wasn't as clear. His MRI showed a strained oblique, and after the game manager Willie Randolph said Beltran would be re-evaluated in a couple days.
After sitting out Sunday's game, Lo Duca said he tore previous scar tissue, and that he wasn't concerned.
``As of right now, I'll be out there,'' Lo Duca said.
Lo Duca left the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday night because of the injury. A day later, he said he was focusing on being ready to be part of Glavine's milestone.
When told of Lo Duca's optimism, Randolph said: ``If he is, then I am.''
In his pre-game talk with reporters, Randolph was uncharacteristically agitated. MRI results weren't in yet, and when a reporter asked if it was aggravating to have to play short, Randolph frowned.
``No, it's very comfortable,'' he said.
``It's aggravating to not have a full squad. I mean, I had to use a pitcher to hit last night. It's aggravating to deal with what you have to deal with, but that's the way it goes.''
Less than 30 minutes before the game, the Mets solved that problem, designating right-hander Jon Adkins for assignment and recalling outfielder David Newhan from New Orleans. Adkins had just been called up on Thursday. The Mets had sent Newhan down 12 days ago.
Newhan added much-needed outfield depth; 41-year-old Moises Alou, just activated Thursday form the disabled list, started in left field. He'd been sidelined since May 17 because of a strained left quadriceps.
Alou went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the rain-shortened 5-0 win over the Nationals.
``You're always concerned when a guy's coming back from injury,'' Randolph said. ``But he said he felt good. I trust him. He knows how his body feels better than anyone.''
The Mets have had 12 players on the disabled list this season. Outfielders Endy Chavez (hamstring) and Carlos Gomez (broken hand), pitchers Pedro Martinez (rotator cuff surgery), Juan Padilla (elbow surgery), and Duaner Sanchez (broken shoulder), and infielder Jose Valentin (broken tibia) are currently out.
The team has also been without pitchers Orlando Hernandez, Oliver Perez, Jorge Sosa and Dave Williams, and outfielders Alou and Shawn Green at some point during the season.
The team activated catcher Mike DiFelice in place of pitcher Mike Pelfrey, who was sent back to Triple-A New Orleans after the loss Saturday night. DiFelice will back up Ramon Castro.
Castro went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer and a double Sunday, has hit safely in his last 11 starts, and is 17-for-38 in those games. Despite just 101 at-bats, he is tied for fourth on the team with seven homers.
Lo Duca is hitting .270 with five homers and 31 RBIs in 4 games.