Pagan's absence nothing to worry about

NEW YORK -- Angel Pagan was a late scratch from the Mets' lineup Friday night because he arrived late to the park after spending the day scheduling a doctor's appointment for one of his children. Pagan, who struck out swinging as a pinch hitter to end the game, assured the media that everything is fine after the game.

"It was a family situation, I couldn't make it in time for the game, but I took care of everything, so I'm back, I'm ready for tomorrow," Pagan said. "Everything is OK, I took care of it. Unfortunately I couldn't make it soon enough for me to be in the lineup, but I'll be ready for tomrrow."

Pagan said he arrived around 6:45 p.m. Mets manager Jerry Manuel asked Pagan if there was enough time for him to get ready for the game, but Pagan said he needed some time since the whole day he'd been dealing with problems. Pagan added that he hit bad traffic in Manhattan around 5 p.m. on the way to Citi Field.

When asked if the situation is resolved, Pagan responded: "Yes, it's resolved. Yeah, kind of. So hopefully it is."

In Pagan's place, Chris Carter batted second and played right field. He went 0-for-4 on the night with two strikeouts.