New York Mets' Willie Harris connects for a two-run home...

New York Mets' Willie Harris connects for a two-run home run during the first inning against the Florida Marlins. (April 3, 2011) Credit: AP

MIAMI -- If not for the injury to Jason Bay only three days before the roster was due, Willie Harris would have watched most of the Marlins series from the bench rather than leaving his imprint on it.

But with Bay on the disabled list until at least Saturday, Harris made two starts in leftfield and batted second. He made sure that Terry Collins had no regrets, hitting a two-run homer in Sunday's 9-2 win and finishing the series 4-for-10 with two doubles, three runs scored and four RBIs.

Jose Reyes opened the game with a double and Harris followed by driving a 2-and-1 fastball deep into the rightfield seats.

"I was just trying to move him over," Harris said, smiling. "And I got him over."

Collins said he used Harris in the No. 2 hole to give the lineup more protection lower down with Angel Pagan, who batted fifth behind Ike Davis on Sunday. Harris was just happy the manager put him there.

"Behind Jose and in front of David [Wright],'' Harris said, "who do you think they want to deal with?"

 

Setback for Izzy?

The Mets decided against taking Jason Isringhausen for their Opening Day roster because of the injury risk involving his right elbow, given the fact that he's had three Tommy John operations. On Saturday, he complained of back stiffness during a minor-league game and had to be shut down after 10 pitches.

Isringhausen was disappointed to be left off the roster and said he agreed to stick around for two weeks, provided that he could sign with another club -- with the Mets holding the right of first refusal. This latest discomfort might have him sticking around for a bit longer -- or calling it quits sooner.