The team dispatched Double-A outfielder Wayne Lydon from Binghamton to Shea Stadium to suit up and work out with the club during batting practice just in case Cliff Floyd – who was hit on the right elbow by San Diego's Jake Peavy Monday night – wouldn't be able to play after taking a few practice swings.
Floyd pronounced himself fit to play and Lydon, who was issued a No. 63 home white jersey, was sent back up north to Binghamton just before Kris Benson threw the first pitch of the night. Howe wound up giving the start in left field to Gerald Williams.
But that couldn't stop the Mets' injury troubles. Reliever Mike DeJean left Shea Monday with a large protective boot on his sprained right ankle and appeared much the same way today, listed as day-to-day but obviously unable to pitch.
In the top of the second inning, Richard Hidalgo appeared to twist his left knee crashing into a wall while chasing a Rich Aurilia foul pop-up, but stayed in the game after a lengthy consultation with Howe and Mets team trainers.
As luck would have it, Aurilia skied the next pitch right to Hidalgo, who limped into the clubhouse after the inning but stayed in the game.
"Every time we've said it couldn't get any worse, it just does," Howe said.