Rod Barajas sported a brace on his right wrist last night, courtesy of a Jenrry Mejia pitch from Wednesday that bounced and caught him in a tender spot.

Barajas was on the bench for last night's Mets-Phillies game. Manager Jerry Manuel said he was planning to give him a day off anyway. Henry Blanco caught Mike Pelfrey.

Barajas hopes to be back Friday night in Milwaukee, but that seemed questionable based on his description of the injury, which he called a bruise. X-rays were negative, he said.

"It's in a spot where it limits me a little bit," he said. "The pain is pretty intense when I try to turn my wrist over. It's just a bruise - a bruise in a bad spot."

Barajas and Blanco have been a revelation this season. Mets pitchers praise their game-calling and Barajas has been a key contributor, hitting .269 with a team-leading 10 home runs. His total of 27 RBIs is second to David Wright's 33.

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Go-go Mets

The Mets stole a season-high four bases Wednesday and had been successful on 19 of 20 attempts going into last night. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has noticed. "They're aggressive," he said. "When they get on, they run. They've made it plain that they're going to try to run on us. They set up runs that way, they manufacture runs that way, and that's a good way to play."


Status quo on Beltran

General manager Omar Minaya said there was no change in the status of Carlos Beltran, who is still rehabbing his right knee in Port St. Lucie. Beltran has not been cleared to run and Minaya said he had no timetable on when that might occur, saying it is up to the "doctors and rehab people."


Extra bases

Jonathon Niese will make a rehab start Saturday for St. Lucie (A). It was first reported by . . . Manuel confirmed Fernando Nieve will start against the Brewers Saturday night . . . Miss USA Rima Fakih, who grew up in Queens, was a pregame visitor to the Mets' dugout and posed for pictures with Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan, among others.