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Quad lands Alou on DL; Reyes aggravates hammy

NEW YORK -- The Mets placed veteran outfielder Moises Alou
on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left quadriceps
after New York's 8-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

Moises Alou Alou

The team called up Jason Vargas to start Thursday against the
Cubs. The 24-year-old lefty is 2-3 with a 5.30 ERA at Triple-A New
Orleans, but is 0-4 with an ERA over 9.00 in his last four outings.

The Alou move is retroactive to May 13. He is hitting .318 with
two homers and 13 RBIs, but is going on the DL for the 15th time in
his career.

Vargas has pitched in parts of the last two seasons for Florida.
Last year, he was in 12 games, including five starts, going 1-2
with a 7.33 ERA. He joined the Mets last November in the trade that
sent Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom to the Marlins. Vargas and
lefty Adam Bostick were sent to New York.

"He's been so-so," Randolph said, noting that Vargas pitched
very well this spring.

Jose Reyes Reyes

Shortstop Jose Reyes, who left the game in the eighth inning
with a slight tightness in his left hamstring, said after the game
he was fine and that he would play Thursday's day game.

Reyes said he hurt himself on the first swing of his at-bat in
the eighth.

"I felt a little cramp, no big deal," he said. "I've had so
many injuries to my hamstring before, I just have to be careful."

Randolph was noncommittal about whether Reyes would play
Thursday.

"We'll see how he feels tomorrow," Randolph said.