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Howie Rose feeling better after falling ill on cross-country flight

Howie Rose is seen in this Newsday file

Howie Rose is seen in this Newsday file photo. Credit: Howard Schnapp, 2003

LOS ANGELES - Longtime Mets play-by-play man Howie Rose is feeling better after falling ill during the team's flight to the West Coast on Thursday night.

The Mets' charter made an emergency landing in Detroit while on the way from New York to Los Angeles.

Rose, also the longtime Islanders broadcaster, will miss the remainder of the team's six-game road trip according to WOR radio.

"He's OK," said Mets manager Terry Collins, who exchanged text messages with the broadcaster. "It's a sigh of relief."

Indeed, Rose's condition had improved to the point that Collins found a sliver of humor in the incident.

On Thursday, after another loss to the Cubs, Collins joked that the Mets might explore human sacrifice as a way to turn their fortunes.

"Bad time for him to pass out when I brought up the human sacrifice [thing]," Collins said with a laugh.

Cuddyer available

Michael Cuddyer was expected to be available for pinch hitting and he did so in the seventh but struck out.

For the first time since leaving Tuesday's game with a left knee problem, Cuddyer ran and took batting practice, though he said he would not be able to play the outfield.

He had been sidelined after undergoing a cortisone shot to numb the pain. Cuddyer did not start for the third consecutive game.

Waiting on d'Arnaud

Travis d'Arnaud hasn't progressed to baseball activities, meaning his stay on the disabled list almost certainly will extend past the earliest possible date for his return.

D'Arnaud (left elbow strain) remains in a brace. The catcher was placed on the DL retroactive to June 21. He's eligible to come off on Monday.

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