Tag:Angel Pagan
Posted on: July 15, 2010 1:59 pm

Beltran return creates OF questions

Carlos Beltran The Mets will have the welcome sight of Carlos Beltran back in the outfield Thursday night, but the five-time All-Star brings some lineup challenges with his powerful bat.

Beltran has yet to play this season after January surgery on his right knee, and missed much of the 2009 season because of the knee. He won't play every day initially, but when he's ready, that leaves manager Jerry Manuel trying to juggle four outfielders: Beltran, Jason Bay, Angel Pagan and Jeff Francoeur.

The Mets haven't been great offensively -- they're ninth in the National League in runs -- but center field has been the least of their worries, with Angel Pagan filling in marvelously (.315/.372/.473, 40 RBI, 19 stolen bases).

When Beltran is ready to play every day, Francoeur, batting .253, could be the odd man out as Pagan plays regularly in right. Francoeur, batting .303 against left-handed starters, should get some starts against lefties, though the switch-hitting Pagan is no slouch (.283) against left-handers either.

At any rate, working in a player the caliber of Beltran into the lineup is a problem most teams would love to have.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:05 pm

Reyes scratched from Mets' lineup

The Mets scratched Jose Reyes from Wednesday's Puerto Rican farewell matchup with the Marlins at Hiram Bithorn Stadium with a stiff lower back, the Newark Star-Ledger 's Andy McCullough reports .

McCullough writes Reyes appeared to injure himself during batting practice.

Angel Pagan is still out of the Mets' lineup. Manager Jerry Manuel told reporters he wanted to see how the switch-hitter looked batting left-handed during batting practice before deciding if Pagan would play Thursday at Washington.

Ruben Tejada will play short for the Mets tonight and Jesus Feliciano is leading off against Florida.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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