Curtis Granderson held out of Mets' lineup with sore calf

The Mets' Curtis Granderson looks to the batboy The Mets' Curtis Granderson looks to the batboy for a new bat after his split against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a game at Citi Field on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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Curtis Granderson was held out of the Mets' lineup Thursday night because of a sore calf, something he hopes will sideline him only a day or two.

Granderson said he initially felt some discomfort at the beginning of Wednesday night's game. But he said the muscle tightened up after the game and, even after treatment, he still felt something unusual Thursday.

"No pops, no snaps, nothing like that," he said. "More just an annoyance and soreness right now."

Losing Granderson, if only for a day or two, is a bit of a blow to a struggling lineup. He has been the Mets' hottest hitter this month with a .361 average and 1.015 OPS in 44 plate appearances.

But manager Terry Collins didn't need to be persuaded to sit him out in an attempt to avoid a stint on the disabled list. He said he told Granderson Thursday afternoon, "I'll lose you for one or two days because I don't want to lose you for two weeks."

Granderson pinch hit in the 11th inning and was walked intentionally.

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Confidence-builder

Collins doesn't believe Travis d'Arnaud's fast start at Triple-A (6-for-10 with two home runs in his first three games) speeds up the clock for his return. He still thinks the 25-year-old catcher needs at least 40 to 50 at-bats and some positive results to build some confidence before returning.

But Collins does think d'Arnaud is taking his demotion seriously. "It obviously shows you one thing -- he's not pouting," Collins said.

Collins said that on the day he was sent down, d'Arnaud expressed to the Mets that he was "really, really upset" about his lack of hitting this season. "I told him there's only one way to change that and that's to go down there and put up some numbers," Collins said. "So far he's done exactly that." Trainer's room

Dillon Gee, on the disabled list since May 11 with a strained right lat muscle, will throw off a mound this week and could pitch in a rehab game next week, Collins said.

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