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Pagan out of lineup, scheduled for tests

Angel Pagan of the New York Mets reacts

Angel Pagan of the New York Mets reacts after getting a pie in the face by teammate Willie Harris after Pagan hit a walk off home run defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5. (July 20, 2011) Credit: Getty

CINCINNATI -- More damage control for the never-quite-healthy Mets: Outfielder Angel Pagan, removed from Sunday's game in Miami because of dehydration, was kept out of Monday night's lineup while awaiting the results of medical tests.

"A little under the weather," manager Terry Collins said. "He went to the doctor, got some blood work done to see if they can come up with what's ailing him."

Pagan, who beat St. Louis with a walk-off home run Wednesday but is hitting .160 in his last 20 games, "told me after the game that for about a week now, he's just -- in the middle of the games, he starts to lose energy," Collins said. "So we're just giving him a little checkup."

Jason Pridie took Pagan's place in centerfield Monday night.

Johan decision upcoming

The Mets said there will be no decision until Tuesday on when Johan Santana pitches for Class A Port St. Lucie in his first rehabilitation game. The two-time Cy Young Award winner last started a major-league game Sept. 2, 12 days before season-ending surgery on his shoulder.

Rest for Reyes?

Thursday's midday start here (12:35 p.m.) in what is expected to be mid-90s heat could prompt Collins to rest shortstop Jose Reyes for the first time since his return from the disabled list with an injured hamstring. Collins said no decision has been made.

Confidence in Parnell

Bobby Parnell gave up the tying home run and winning double in the eighth inning against the Marlins on Sunday, but Collins said he will not hesitate to call on him again "if the situation calls for it. Just to say to get back on the horse right away, no; I think it's got to be the right situation. But I have no problem with that."

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