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How injuries affect the Mets' future

Tatis: Fernando Tatis landed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sprained right shoulder AC joint, the club has been relegated to only one right-handed hitter off the bench in Henry Blanco. This could hurt them in a late inning at-bat against former Met closer Billy Wagner. Lefties are 2-for-25 against him, which doesn't bode well for Mets manager Jerry Manuel, whose other reserve options -- Alex Cora, Josh Thole, Jesus Feliciano and Chris Carter -- are strictly lefties. Moving Tatis did open up another pitching spot for Raul Valdes, a chance for him to audition for the eighth inning role.

Beltran: Manager Jerry Manuel told Mike Francesa on WFAN that when Carlos Beltran returns from his knee injury after the All-Star break he will play the first two games in San Francisco, then get the next day or two off, “like Spring Training.”

Beltran played nine innings for High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday, batting .414 in his Class A rehab stint. It was the second straight night he played a nine-inning game and the second full game he's played since he had knee surgery in January. Unless he suffers a setback, look for him to be activated July 15 when the Mets open the second half of the year. (Courtesy of Rotowire.com)

Castillo: Out with a bone bruise in his left foot, Luis Castillo will begin his rehab stint this weekend at High-A St. Lucie, and manager Jerry Manuel said that Castillo “possibly” will return to the Mets during the 11-game West Coast trip after the All-Star break, the NY Daily News reports.

Perez and Maine: While the All-Star break is a much needed time for active players to rest, it marks a time when timetables for injured players to return are readjusted and set. Stricken with tendinitis, pitchers John Maine (rotator cuff) and Oliver Perez (knee) do not have confirmed return dates, but Perez is making his way through Triple-A Buffalo.
Perez surrendered two runs on two hits while walking three and striking out seven in 5.2 innings in his second rehab start Tuesday for High-A St. Lucie. Perez threw 85 pitches, 53 for strikes, and had a shutout through the sixth inning. Look for him to make one or two starts for the Bisons and then be called up to the Mets. (Courtesy of Rotowire.com)

Green and Escobar: Remember Sean Green and Kelvim Escobar? Manuel has plenty of reason to think of them as he searches for an eighth inning bridge to K-Rod, but he won’t be looking at either of these guys. With glass for bones, Escobar is out for the season with shoulder surgery and there is no timetable for Green to begin rehabbing from a stress fracture in his right side.

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