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Pagan could take away even more playing time from Francoeur

The Mets' Angel Pagan smiles after driving in

The Mets' Angel Pagan smiles after driving in a run with a double against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning, Sunday. (July 18, 2010) Credit: AP

SAN FRANCISCO - Jeff Francoeur could find himself on the bench more often than he anticipated now that manager Jerry Manuel has said he might have to change his plans for rightfield.

With the Mets' offense struggling, Manuel suggested that he could make the switch-hitting Angel Pagan the everyday rightfielder when Carlos Beltran is in center. The Mets will face three straight righthanders during the upcoming Diamondbacks series.

"We might have to make a call on that," Manuel said before yesterday's 4-3 victory over the Giants. "It might be unpopular, but that's something we might have to do."

Pagan went 1-for-5 with an RBI double Sunday and Francoeur went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, also getting drilled on the shoulder.

"You feel like you have to do something," said Francoeur, who hasn't spoken to Manuel about his playing schedule for the upcoming week.

Wright sore but OK

The Mets got a scare in the sixth inning when Pat Burrell smashed a ground ball off the side of David Wright's right knee, prompting a visit from Manuel and trainer Mike Herbst. Wright needed a few minutes to walk it off, but he stayed in the game.

"I didn't really see it too well off the bat and I was trying to get out of the way, but it found me," Wright said. "It's kind of swelling and sore, but it should be good to go."

The ball found Wright again in the ninth. He delivered a high throw home to Henry Blanco but caught a break on umpire Phil Cuzzi's blown call.

"I knew I wasn't going to be able to get much on the throw because I got kind of a tricky hop and threw it flat-footed," Wright said. "I just wanted to get it there as quick as possible, to get it in the vicinity. Hank did a heck of a job."

Santana robbed again

Johan Santana allowed one run in eight innings, lowering his ERA to 2.87, but still came up empty-handed thanks to K-Rod's blown save.


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