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Mets put Pagan's return on hold

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Roster Report · Notes, Quotes · Mets put Pagan's return on hold

Angel Pagan was supposed to be back with the Mets on Saturday, but now his immediate future is far more uncertain.

Pagan is again out indefinitely. After playing a minor league rehabilitation game Thursday, Pagan reported pain in his left oblique muscle. He flew to New York City on Friday for a previously unscheduled examination by team doctors.

The exam and an MRI revealed just point tenderness, and he will be sidelined until he is pain-free.

"(Thursday) night he felt that he could swing, but knowing we were hoping that he would be here (Saturday), he just felt that he wasn't ready for that," manager Terry Collins said before the Mets' 6-3 win over the Dodgers. "There was some discomfort and, at that point, tenderness stuff, I guess. So they decided to bring him up and have him re-examined."

Pagan has been sidelined since April 22 with a strained oblique. He played a pair of extended spring games and then played two days with Class A St. Lucie, playing all eight innings Thursday. But then he felt discomfort and flew back to New York.

He struggled badly this season before heading to the disabled list, batting just .159 with one homer. Jason Pridie, playing center field in place of Pagan, came up with a big three-run homer Friday, and he has played well in Pagan's absence. But the Mets still are hopeful that Pagan won't be out too long.

"We need him back and we want him back," Collins said. "It just prolongs the whole thing. But ultimately we've just got to make sure he's ready to play, and he's not."

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