Beltran's replacement Pagan hurts groin
NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran was out of the New York Mets' lineup Sunday because of a stomach virus, and fill-in center fielder Angel Pagan left in the fourth inning against Florida with a groin injury.
Pagan pulled up hobbling while pursuing Hanley Ramirez's one-out double off the left-center fence in the fourth. He threw the ball back in, then hung his head between his knees as manager Jerry Manuel and trainer Ray Ramirez came out to check on him.
Pagan tried jogging in the outfield, then walked off under his own power. He was replaced in center by Jeremy Reed.
The Mets said Pagan had discomfort in his right groin. He is day to day.
It was the latest setback for the injury-ravaged Mets, already missing regulars Jose Reyes (right calf), Carlos Delgado (right hip) and Ryan Church (hamstring), plus reserve infielder Alex Cora (thumb).
Reyes was slated to head to the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Sunday for rehabilitation.
Beltran was lifted late in Saturday's game against the Marlins because he wasn't feeling well. The All-Star center fielder was still ailing Sunday, so Pagan started the finale of the three-game series. His two-out RBI double in the third gave New York a 1-0 lead.
Beltran began the day second in the NL with a .352 batting average. He had six homers and a team-high 31 RBIs.
Marlins infielder Wes Helms also felt ill and was not in the lineup. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he was to be examined by a doctor.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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