What seemed like a day-to-day injury at the onset has turned into a disabled list stint now for New York Mets' centerfielder Angel Pagan. The 29-year-old suffered a pulled a muscle in his left side last night and it was thought to have occurred in a collision with Justin Turner in the fourth inning, though Pagan says it occurred while swinging at his first pitch of his last at bat last night (in the fifth inning).
Here's what Pagan had to say last night, which was enough to make everyone -- including myself in last night's recap -- think this would be an injury that would sideline him a handful of days:
"They say day-by-day. I’m just taking medication right now and see how it feels [today] and go from there. . . . Hopefully I’ll be out maybe two or three days, Pagan told the NY Post."
This afternoon Adam Rubin of ESPN NY is reporting that 27-year-old Jason Pridie has been summoned to the big leagues -- and is in today's lineup over Willie Harris and Scott Hairston, meaning the Amazin's will be making Pagan's DL stint official before today's first pitch against the Diamondbacks. Pridie, a solid outfield defender, is batting eighth tonight. He was hitting just .186 with a .226 on-base percentage and .356 slugging percentage in 62 at bats in Triple-A.
The worrisome thing about Pagan's injury is that while the injury may seem pretty mild, Jason Bay sustained a similar injury during the Spring and he only returned to the lineup last night.
Pagan has had a rough go of it in the early portions of the season as he was hitting .159 with a .259 OBP and .246 SLG after his breakout campaign last season.
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