With the Mets' offense struggling, Manuel suggested that he could make the switch-hitting Angel Pagan the everyday rightfielder when Carlos Beltran is in center. The Mets will face three straight righthanders during the upcoming Diamondbacks series.
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"We might have to make a call on that," Manuel said before yesterday's 4-3 victory over the Giants. "It might be unpopular, but that's something we might have to do."
Pagan went 1-for-5 with an RBI double Sunday and Francoeur went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, also getting drilled on the shoulder.
"You feel like you have to do something," said Francoeur, who hasn't spoken to Manuel about his playing schedule for the upcoming week.
Wright sore but OK
The Mets got a scare in the sixth inning when Pat Burrell smashed a ground ball off the side of David Wright's right knee, prompting a visit from Manuel and trainer Mike Herbst. Wright needed a few minutes to walk it off, but he stayed in the game.
"I didn't really see it too well off the bat and I was trying to get out of the way, but it found me," Wright said. "It's kind of swelling and sore, but it should be good to go."
"I knew I wasn't going to be able to get much on the throw because I got kind of a tricky hop and threw it flat-footed," Wright said. "I just wanted to get it there as quick as possible, to get it in the vicinity. Hank did a heck of a job."
Santana robbed again
Johan Santana allowed one run in eight innings, lowering his ERA to 2.87, but still came up empty-handed thanks to K-Rod's blown save.