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Mike Pelfrey cleared for Friday start after recent flu virus

Apr 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT


Mike Pelfrey has been cleared to start tonight’s series opener against the Phillies, despite a recent flu bug that caused him to lose 11 pounds over the course of the past week.

The Mets considered using Dillon Gee for a spot start, but Terry Collins told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News yesterday that Pelfrey’s condition has improved over the past few days.

“He said he feels much better today, and better than he did his last start,”  Terry Collins said.  “We’re going to let him go out there tomorrow.”

Pelfrey actually tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Diamondbacks last Friday night. It was his best outing of the young season, though as he told the New York Post in excruciating detail, he wasn’t feeling too hot.

“I started getting ready for the game and I started getting real hot and started sweating,” Pelfrey said. “Felt it in my stomach, head and chest. I went out to the bullpen, my bullpen wasn’t very good. I kept coughing. In the sixth inning I puked in my mouth and swallowed it on the mound.”

What’s everyone having for lunch today?

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - Apr 29, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    I guess that gives new meaning to “suck it up and play”.

  2. drunkenhooliganism - Apr 29, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    It looks like the Phillies should try to work his pitch count today to make him work as hard as possible.

    And that means that Shane Victorino will swing at the first pitch every time he’s up today

  3. Utley's Hair - Apr 29, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    He lost 11 pounds in a week? I’ll have what he’s having.

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