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Mets’ Curtis Granderson in holding pattern with calf strain

New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson follows

New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson follows through on his solo home run swing during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in an MLB baseball game at Citi Field on Thursday, June 16, 2016. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

For now, the Mets don’t have any plans to put Curtis Granderson on the disabled list.

Granderson was not in the starting lineup Friday night against the Chicago Cubs, the third straight game he has begun on the bench since straining his right calf in Tuesday night’s loss to Washington.

“I can’t answer,” Terry Collins said when asked if the injury will require a DL stint. “I don’t know. That’s where Sandy [Alderson] comes into play. We don’t have him today, and the doctor said he was going to be re-evaluated after two days. [Saturday] we may know more.”

Granderson, who pinch hit Wednesday night but did not appear in Thursday night’s win over the Cubs, said he is available to hit but that the decision ultimately will belong to Collins.

“The big concern is running and being in a situation where I have to beat out a single or score from first or from second,” said Granderson, who is hitting .228 with a .323 on-base percentage and 13 home runs. “Then we turn something that is a day or two into something that potentially could be six to eight weeks. The risk-reward is the big thing we’re looking at.”

For the second straight night, Brandon Nimmo filled in for Granderson as the Mets’ leadoff hitter and rightfielder.

Matz to continue with meds

Steven Matz, who has been pitching with a bone spur in his left elbow, took anti-inflammatory medication before his start in the Mets’ 4-3 win over the Cubs on Thursday night. Collins said that could be a regular remedy. “I see guys take it every day,” he said. “I would say every five days, he’ll be taking something.”

Lagares due off DL on Sunday

Collins said Juan Lagares will return from the disabled list on Sunday and start against the Cubs’ Jon Lester in the series finale. The Mets placed the outfielder on the DL on June 16 after he struggled to produce with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb.

With Greg Logan

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