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Injuries, slow second-half change Alderson's strategy

Johan Santana stands on the mound in the

Johan Santana stands on the mound in the first inning after surrendering a two-run home run. (July 20, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

With the non-waiver trade deadline a week away, the Mets are taking a wait-and-see approach. General manager Sandy Alderson said Monday night the club's post All-Star Game 1-8 slide has the front office reconsidering any potential moves.

"I think you've got to be realistic and take into account where you are from day to day and we're certainly not in the same position today that we were four or five days ago," Alderson said before the game with the Nationals. "That doesn't mean we're sellers but I'd say right now that we're exploring a lot of different scenarios."

It was only Saturday when Alderson said the presumption was the Mets were heading into the deadline as buyers. But with ace lefthander Johan Santana (right ankle) going on the 15-day disabled list and the return of Dillon Gee (right shoulder) in doubt, the front office might be making an about-face.

"We'll see whether it's important to us to invest more heavily in 2012," Alderson said. "I don't think we want to invest too heavily in '13 or '14 to the significant determent of 2012.

" . . . If we were to make a trade we would want to make sure that it made sense not just in terms of acquiring additional talent but also taking into account the importance of the balance of this year."

Tejada gets spiked

Ruben Tejada suffered two cuts to his right leg when he was spiked by Nationals outfielder Roger Bernadina while trying to start a double play in the 10th inning. "It's a little bit sore for sure but I think I'm good," he said.

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