Inside Pitch: Floyd still on the bench

New York Mets left fielder Cliff Floyd tested his sprained left ankle Tuesday, running the bases before the team's thrilling 9-7 victory at Citizens Bank Park, but he reported it still remained too sore to enable him to play.

Floyd said he's not sure if he'll be ready Wednesday, either, and with Endy Chavez and Lastings Milledge playing so well, he admitted there's no reason to push things.

Floyd hasn't played since June 6 in Los Angeles, when he sprained his ankle hitting a divot in the basepath near third base. He said he was encouraged after batting practice Tuesday, but he knew he couldn't play after attempting to run the bases.

If this were the American League, perhaps he could play as the designated hitter, but what Floyd meant is he can't chase down a flyball in the outfield.

"I have to keep it real," Floyd said. "I can't catch a ball. ... I want to play, but I can't be selfish about this."

REPLAY: How charmed have the Mets been this season? Tom Glavine gave up four homers and didn't make it out of the fifth, but his team still topped the Phillies 9-7 Tuesday night.

Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado hit back-to-back homers in the third inning when the Mets took a 4-2 lead, and David Wright went deep to lead off a five-run sixth that broke the game open.

With the victory, the Mets opened a 7 1/2-game lead on the Phillies in the National League East.


  • RHP Pedro Martinez will keep his between-starts throwing routine this week. After admitting soreness in his right big toe after Sunday's victory at Arizona, there was speculation he might tone things down.

  • RF Xavier Nady played five innings in the outfield in a rehab game at Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Tuesday, going 2-for-4. His appearance came on the day he was eligible to come off the disabled list. There's no timetable for his return, although speculation is that he could be activated by the end of the week.

  • RHP Orlando Hernandez (4-5, 5.48) will make his 13th start of the season and fourth with the Mets on Wednesday at Philadelphia. Hernandez is 2-1 with a 4.05 ERA, and coming off a complete-game three-hitter Thursday at Arizona.

  • LHP Tom Glavine gave up four homers Tuesday for the second time in his career. The first time was May 30, 2003, against Atlanta.

  • SS Jose Reyes has 28 walks, one more than all of last season. Reyes entered the season with a goal of trying to improve on last year's .300 on-base percentage. He's bettered it slightly to .315.

  • 1B Carlos Delgado and CF Carlos Beltran are both on pace to hit over 30 homers. The last time the Mets had two players hit over 30 in a season was in 1999, when Mike Piazza hit 40 and Robin Ventura hit 32.

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