Inside Pitch: Floyd good to go

PHILADELPHIA – All systems go for Cliff Floyd. <P> Sidelined for five games last week with a strained chest muscle, the Mets outfielder returned to the lineup Monday in a big way, slugging a monstrous three-run homer and making a pair of all-out plays in left field.

A day later, Floyd reported the sweetest thing Willie Randolph could hear – no pain, and hopefully, all gain.

"It's a little sore today, but I'm OK to go," Floyd said Tuesday.

Floyd's prodigious three-run homer Monday off of Philadelphia's Tim Worrell brought the Mets within one run in an eventual 5-4 defeat, but perhaps more encouraging was the all-out brand he brought to his defense.

Floyd charged hard into the left-center field gap on balls that he admitted he probably could not have reached last year, and even tested his throwing arm with a throw to the cutoff man from the warning track.

"I feel better. I feel like I can run," Floyd said. " … In my mind, I didn't want to do anything stupid. But I'm not going to play thinking about my rib."

Floyd was feeling so good Tuesday, he wasn't even bothered by the stingy marking given to his blast by Monday's post-game notes. The Phillies estimated the second-deck homer at just 407 feet.

"I'll have to take a look," he said.

  • Following a night when the Mets couldn't manage anything at all against LHP Randy Wolf, Jose Reyes took a page from Rickey Henderson's old book Tuesday. Reyes cracked RHP Vicente Padilla's 2-2 offering into the left-field seats for his first career leadoff home run, his second long ball of the young season.

    Before the game, Randolph said that he wasn't worried about the fact that his leadoff hitter still has not tallied a single walk this year.

    "I don't want him to go up there and take balls down the middle," Randolph said. "It's pretty obvious that when he gets on, he makes things happen for us."

  • As expected, the Mets placed LHP Felix Heredia (strained left thumb) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. RHP Heath Bell was sent up to Philadelphia from Triple-A Norfolk after Monday's game.

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