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Angel Pagan expected to return from disabled list Friday

May 24, 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

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The Mets are still missing David Wright and Ike Davis, but they’re about to get one of their regulars back in the starting lineup.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Mets manager Terry Collins said this afternoon that Angel Pagan will play one game with Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday before being activated from the disabled list for Friday’s series opener against the Phillies.

Pagan has been sidelined since April 21 with a strained left oblique. He was on the verge of returning earlier this month, but was shut down after feeling more pain in his side. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, two walks a run scored in a rehab game with High-A St. Lucie earlier this afternoon and is batting .263 (5-for-19) with one home run, one double and two RBI during his most recent rehab assignment.

The Mets moved Carlos Beltran to right field with the idea of using Pagan as their everyday center fielder, but the 29-year-old was batting just .159/.259/.246 with one home run and six RBI over his first 82 plate appearances prior to being placed on the disabled list. Pagan was one of the most valuable members of the team last year, so that probably buys him a bit of time to get back up to speed, but it will interesting to see if Terry Collins runs out of patience should he continue to struggle.

  1. uuddlrlrbastart - May 24, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    When your other CF options are Jason Pridie, Willie Harris, and Scott Hairston, I don’t think “running out of patience” is an issue.

    • D.J. Short - May 24, 2011 at 8:06 PM

      It shouldn’t be, but Terry Collins didn’t manage the Mets last year. Still thinking Pagan should run away with the job — he’s a proven player — but it’s not a complete lock. Nothing is with the Mets right now.

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