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After 10 days off, Angel Pagan plays in extended spring game

May 2, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

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In his first action since going down with a strained left oblique, Angel Pagan went 1-for-4 with a walk while playing five innings in an extended spring training game Monday.

Obliques strains tend to require at least three weeks on the DL, but Pagan appears to be aiming to make it back in the minimum 15 days.  He’s eligible to be activated on Saturday.

With Pagan sidelined, the Mets have been using Jason Pridie in center field, and the 27-year-old Triple-A veteran has been surprisingly successful, going 7-for-25 with two homers and five RBI in seven games.  It could present the Mets with a bit of dilemma when Pagan is activated.  Neither Scott Hairston nor Willie Harris has been productive in a reserve role, but both are established veterans and it’s doubtful either is interested in accepting a minor league assignment.  The Mets won’t keep all three, so unless he really tears it up the next few days, Pridie is probably going to end up back in Triple-A.

  1. nastynancy - May 2, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Clearly Pridie should be kept up. If he continues the way he is, he is projecting about 32 homeruns for the season. He has stepped up when the other 2 vets haven’t. He seems to be a bit of a good luck charm for the Mets as well. I would like to see a CF who can drop 32 homeruns and average .280 AND can play a mean CF!

  2. riseagainst80 - May 2, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    I don’t see Pridie going back to the minors. If the Mets try to send him down, he’ll have to clear waivers and there’s no way he doesn’t get picked up by another team.

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