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Angel Pagan suffers setback on verge of returning from DL

May 6, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

Angel Pagan swinging

Earlier this week Angel Pagan played in an extended spring training game and was hoping to return from the disabled list when eligible Saturday, but those plans have been squashed.

Terry Collins said that Pagan suffered a setback yesterday in his recovery from a strained oblique muscle and will travel to New York to be examined by team doctors.

Adam Rubin of speculates that the setback essentially resets Pagan’s timetable, meaning he’d be at least another 2-3 weeks from returning.

Jason Pridie has been the Mets’ primary center fielder in Pagan’s absence, but he’s overmatched as an everyday player after years of posting mediocre numbers with horrible strikeout-to-walk ratios in the minors.

  1. Panda Claus - May 6, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Angel Pagan may have to go on the all-time names list.

    Truly a story of good verses evil if ever I saw one. When he has a conflicting choice to make, he must have “good” Angel over one shoulder and “bad” Pagan over the other.

  2. nastynancy - May 6, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Why the heck was he rushing back? As for Pridie, I think he has stepped up nicely. Time will tell in a few more games if he can shake that pesky ratio.

  3. riseagainst80 - May 8, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Aaron, are you serious? Pridie is “overmatched as an everyday player after years of posting mediocre numbers?” You’re not even a mediocre journalist. Pridie is winning games for the Mets. Pagan was hanging tough with a .159 batting average. Jason Pridie > Angel Pagan.

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