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Bobby Valentine shoots down speculation -- for now

In an interview today with SIRIUS XM's "Mad Dog Radio," former Mets manager Bobby Valentine responded to speculation about him replacing current manager Jerry Manuel by saying: "I don’t see that as being part of my future."

Now an analyst for ESPN, Valentine added: "You know, the Mets are 3-6. It’s nine games. I mean, let’s not get crazy here…Jerry Manuel is up for the task. I think that he has a tough road…There’s no doubt about it, and he’s got to keep his head above water until his center fielder comes back and obviously has to get that pitching staff in shape."

The center fielder to whom Valentine referred, of course is Carlos Beltran, who was expected to be running by now following offseason knee surgery. He still has not been cleared to take that next step, according to a report on, Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said it can't be described as a "setback," but is just part of the rehabilitation process.

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