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Ill Pelfrey planning to make Friday start

Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey sits in the

Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game in the top of the sixth inning against the Rockies. (Apr. 11, 2011) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

WASHINGTON -- Mike Pelfrey's ongoing battle with stubborn flu symptoms and stomach problems has put Friday night's start at Citizens Bank Park in jeopardy.

Pelfrey has lost 11 pounds since last Friday, the same night he beat the Diamondbacks for his first victory this season. As a result, he's only been eating one meal a day, and the Mets are concerned Pelfrey may be too weak to face the Phillies.

Still, Pelfrey made it through a side session Wednesday and insisted he would not miss his turn.

"When I first got here, they told me they wanted to push me back," Pelfrey said. "I told them I didn't want that."

Manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen agreed to let Pelfrey throw his side session before making any decisions, but it seems as if they will wait until Thursday to make the final call. Pelfrey claims to be improving -- despite fighting some lingering digestive issues that had him feeling nauseous through the early part of his week.

"The one thing I take pride in more than anything is being able to take the ball every time," Pelfrey said. When asked what would keep him from pitching, he added, "Not being able to walk to the mound. But that's not even an issue."

Based on the numbers, the Mets may be looking for an excuse to skip Pelfrey in Philly, especially with Dillon Gee available. Pelfrey lasted only two innings on April 6, and he's 1-2 with a 9.55 ERA in six career starts there. He has a 2.159 WHIP at the Phillies' home -- his fifth worst at any park -- and has allowed eight homers in 27 1/3 innings there.


Extra bases

Ronny Paulino, who is scheduled to be activated from the DL Friday in Philadelphia, went 0-for-4 as the DH for Triple-A Buffalo.


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