WASHINGTON -- The Mets' undermanned bullpen got a new face Wednesday night when Pedro Beato was activated from the disabled list.

Beato, the righthander from Brooklyn who was rehabbing an inflamed shoulder at Triple-A Buffalo, replaced Chris Young.

Young was placed on paternity leave after his wife gave birth to their third child. Young made his first start of the season on Tuesday.

The Mets continued to play a man short as Jon Rauch was resting his sore elbow in New York

Also in New York was Ruben Tejada, who was getting checked out by the team's doctors after reinjuring his right quad in a rehab game on Tuesday.

Mets visit vets

One day after a tough loss, the Mets made their annual visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to meet with injured veterans.

"It's a reality check," manager Terry Collins said. "That loss wasn't quite as tough when you see some of the losses we saw today. It's one of those days that it's almost enjoyable to go. Just to listen to those guys. They want to talk about what they're going through, they want to talk about the things that they've experienced. They're huge fans, for the most part. They really respect the fact that the players took some time out of their schedules to come out and see these guys. You leave there with a different perspective . . . We have no conception of what these guys have to deal with."

Murphy brother drafted

The Twins picked Daniel Murphy's brother Jonathan in the 19th round of the amateur draft. Unlike Daniel, Jonathan Murphy is a righthanded hitter and outfielder.

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