Ryota Igarashi pitching the 8th inning before leaving the game...

Ryota Igarashi pitching the 8th inning before leaving the game because of injury. (April 20, 2010) Credit: David Pokress

The Mets will likely place Ryota Igarashi on the disabled list Wednesday after the righthander strained his left hamstring in the eighth inning of last night's 4-0 win over the Cubs.

Igarashi, who has emerged as the Mets' top eighth-inning option, left after recording the second out. He had felt something in his hamstring while attempting to field a bunt by Koyie Hill, the first batter of the inning.

Igarashi flubbed the bunt for an error but pitched to two more batters, retiring both. He was unable to continue and was replaced by Fernando Nieve, who got the final out of the inning. It was Nieve's 10th appearance in the first 14 games.

Igarashi will have an MRI Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

"I felt a little stretch on my hamstring," he said through an interpreter. "I felt that nothing really popped up and I was able to keep throwing. As I continued pitching, I felt numbness in the region."

The Mets could recall righthander Tobi Stoner, who made one appearance Sunday before being sent down when Ike Davis came up. Among the other candidates from Triple-A Buffalo, Bobby Parnell has a 6.35 ERA and has walked seven in 52/3 innings and veteran Kiko Calero has a 6.14 ERA in four outings.

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