Pagan Suffers Setback, Flying To NY For Tests

According to the Terry Collins, outfielder Angel Pagan is again out indefinitely. Reporting pain in his left oblique muscle late Thursday night, Pagan flew to New York City on Friday for a previously unscheduled examination of his side.

“Knowing we were hoping that he would be here tomorrow, he just felt that he wasn’t ready for that,” Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday afternoon. “There was some discomfort and, [at] that point, tenderness stuff, I guess. So they decided to bring him up [to New York] and have him reexamined.”

Placed on the disabled list on April 22 with a strained left oblique, Pagan began a Minor League rehab assignment earlier this week, playing all eight innings in the field on Thursday for Class A St. Lucie. But after the game, he complained of discomfort in his left oblique, prompting the Mets to fly him back to New York.

His continued absence will prevent the Mets from making a difficult decision. Minor League callup Jason Pridie has been manning center field nearly every day — and playing quite well — in Pagan’s place, prompting some discussion of cutting veteran outfielder Willie Harris, rather than demoting Pridie, upon Pagan’s return.

That decision will now wait until some indeterminate point in the future. The Mets expect to have a better sense of how much more time Pagan will miss following Friday’s examination.

“We need him back and we want him back,” Collins said. “It just prolongs the whole thing. But ultimately we’ve just got to make sure he’s ready to play, and he’s not.”