Man Down: Floyd Disabled

The Mets were able to take two of three games from the Montreal Expos this weekend, but New York lost their corner outfielders in the process – not exactly a fair exchange. <P> The Mets will play through at least the next two weeks without Cliff Floyd, who strained his right quadriceps muscle legging out an infield hit this afternoon. Karim Garcia fractured the tip of his ring finger Saturday and could join Floyd on the disabled list.

Watching Floyd hobble off the field and gingerly descend the dugout steps, it wasn't hard to envision the Mets without his presence for an even longer period of time; a crushing blow for a Mets offense that is already managing without sparkplug Jose Reyes.

Even more frustratingly for New York, the setback was another chapter in a recurring trend for Floyd, who missed the last six weeks of the 2003 season with a sore Achilles tendon.

He's been no stranger to the disabled list, having landed there seven times previously in his major-league career, but the blow is especially painful for a Mets team that relies on Floyd both as a pillar in their lineup and in their clubhouse.

Floyd told reporters that he felt better after receiving treatment in the visiting clubhouse down in San Juan, saying that he hoped he could be back in a best-case scenario of 10 days, but the Mets rejected that notion and wasted no time in listing Floyd on the 15-day disabled list.

Floyd will be examined further after what figures to be an uncomfortable plane ride back to New York, where the Mets will open their home schedule tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves. New York no doubt has their fingers crossed against the worst possible scenario; a tear in Floyd's quadriceps would spell months on the shelf.

Meanwhile, Garcia's status is still day-to-day. He will also be examined on Monday, but reported that Garcia believes he can return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday.

Outfielders Jeff Duncan, Raul Gonzalez and Prentice Redman all have major-league experience and could serve as Floyd's replacements on the 25-man roster. The likeliest callup is Gonzalez, who hit .230 with two homers and 21 RBI in 217 at-bats with New York last season; this spring, Gonzalez hit .258 with one homer and 7 RBI in 31 at-bats.

Backup outfielder Eric Valent hit a two-run homer, his first in the majors, in Sunday's 4-1 victory over the Expos. He could see significant playing time over the next two weeks depending on Garcia's status.

Current Mets Injuries:

  • Mike Cameron, outfielder. Bone spur in toe; day-to-day.
  • Scott Erickson, pitcher. Pulled hamstring; 15-day disabled list.
  • Cliff Floyd, outfielder. Strained quadriceps; 15-day disabled list.
  • Karim Garcia, outfielder. Fractured ring finger; day-to-day.
  • Mike Piazza, catcher/first base. Head, neck, elbow pain; day-to-day.
  • Jose Reyes, infielder. Pulled hamstring; 15-day disabled list.

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