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Pagan's condition no laughing matter

Angel Pagan #16 of the New York Mets

Angel Pagan #16 of the New York Mets stands at first base with Prince fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. (Aug. 19, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

PHILADELPHIA -- As it turns out, Angel Pagan's abrupt exit from Monday's game was more than just a case of bathroom humor.

Pagan didn't elaborate after the Mets' 10-0 loss to the Phillies, but the centerfielder revealed before Tuesday night's game that it had to do with a chronic condition, and he's battled colitis since 2004.

"It's no joke," Pagan said. "It's something that's going to be with me for the rest of my life."

Back in 2007, with the Cubs, Pagan's season was cut short by colitis, and he takes medication, along with monitoring his diet, to combat the condition, which affects the colon.

On Monday, Pagan was nowhere to be found when it was his turn to hit in the fifth inning. During Nick Evans' at-bat, the Mets had no one in the on-deck circle.

Pagan was using the clubhouse bathroom, but eventually hustled to the plate, where he then swung at the first pitch and grounded out. Collins then replaced him with Jason Pridie.

"It doesn't happen very often, but when it does, it's an emergency," Collins said. "The issue was, as I told him [Monday] night, you've got to somehow get me the message. I know you didn't have time to stop and have a conversation, but just say, I feel terrible, and I'll get somebody in there for you, as opposed to making me look like I don't know what the hell is going on, which I didn't, by the way."

 

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