New York Mets manager Terry Collins said that catcher Ronny Paulino (oblique), who suffered a setback in his rehab, will go through limited baseball activities on Sunday. Paulino saw a doctor on Sunday morning, and his previously scheduled Tuesday return appears in doubt.
“He’s still sore,” Collins said. “They’re hoping he can do some baseball stuff at a minimum. I’m gonna wait to see what happens before we do anything.”
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• Collins said that right-hander Chris Young (right biceps tendinitis) remains on track to make his scheduled Tuesday start against the Washington Nationals.
“He is good to go,” Collins said.
Young was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 11. In two starts this season, Young (1-0, 1.46 ERA) has given up just two runs in 12 1/3 innings.
The Mets will make a corresponding roster move so that Young can be activated. Collins said the team would reveal the move after Sunday’s game.
Rookie Dillon Gee is the probable candidate to be sent down.
• Rookie reliever Pedro Beato, who notched his first-ever hold on Saturday, has gone 11 innings without giving up an earned run to start his career.
“I’ve been impressed every since he walked into camp,” Collins said. “He’s handled everything. He’s not intimidated. He’s handled the rookie stuff tremendously. His delivery is more sound. I think you see the results of it all.”
• Collins said he wouldn’t use setup man Jason Isringhausen on Sunday. Isringhausen made back-to-back appearances on Friday and Saturday, and it sounds like Collins doesn’t want to use him three days in a row -- for now.
“He told me he’s fine,” Collins said. “But I’m probably gonna go another route today. Once again, he’s really pitched good and I wanted him to pitch good for a long time. One of the things we asked him to do in Florida was show us he could pitch back-to-back days which he’s done. So I’m just gonna be careful with him right now.”
• The Mets will seek their fourth consecutive win Sunday afternoon against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Four straight victories would mark a new season-high. The Mets will also be going for their first sweep of the Diamondbacks since May 19-21, 2000.
• As previous posted, right fielder Carlos Beltran turns 34 on Easter Sunday.
• The Mets bullpen has not allowed a run over its last four games (eight innings).
• First baseman Ike Davis has slugged a home run in three consecutive games. Can he keep it up?