And for everyone who has hopes for this Mets team.

Pelfrey, you may recall, went for a MRI exam on his pitching shoulder  on Monday after his first loss of the season in Philadelphia.

He swore it was nothing, just some "tightness" in his shoulder that he felt before, during and after his five innings of work against the Phillies.

"I'll be able to make my next start," Pelfrey said, "and the 25 other starts after that."

He had a very light bullpen session on Wednesday, and here we are, with that next start upon us tonight against the Giants.

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With the Mets injury history -- Jose Reyes' hamstring and Carlos Beltran's knee both started as nothing more than day-to-day injuries -- there will be some collective breath-holding at Citi Field tonight.

Pelfrey had a brilliant April, going 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA and a save in the first month.

We'll see tonight if May will be even half as kind.