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Dickey to try to take his turn

Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey, center, sits on

Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey, center, sits on the ground after injuring his right foot during Thursday's game against the Cubs. (May 26, 2011) Credit: AP

An MRI on Friday revealed that Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey suffered a partial tear of the plantar fascia of the right foot when he fell trying to cover first base at Wrigley Field on Thursday. And all involved considered that good news.

"I was expecting something more dire this morning," general manager Sandy Alderson said.

"I am relieved," Dickey said.

Dickey will try to pitch with the injury, perhaps even make his next start Tuesday against the Pirates. Manager Terry Collins said he might push Dickey back a few days if that would help. A Sunday bullpen session will be telling for Dickey, who walked around Friday without a protective boot or crutches.

"The doctor said I had good arches, whatever that meant," Dickey said. "I've got that going for me. I don't anticipate it being too bad. We'll see how the pain is."


Pagan returns

Angel Pagan returned to the lineup after missing 30 games with what he revealed Friday was a stress fracture in a rib on his left side, not an oblique strain.

"I never thought it was going to take that long," he said. "It was very frustrating."

Pagan, on the disabled list since April 22, said he had a cortisone shot two weeks ago and immediately felt better.

The Mets sent Fernando Martinez to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Pagan.


Extra bases

Alderson said David Wright (lower-back stress fracture) and Ike Davis (left ankle sprain and bone bruise) could "possibly" return before the end of this 10-game homestand. But neither has been cleared for baseball activities yet . . . Pat Misch was designated for assignment and righthander Dale Thayer was recalled from Buffalo. Thayer, 30, had a 2.05 ERA in Triple-A.

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