Pagan back Saturday?

Angel Pagan

Center Field
New York Mets


Angel Pagan went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in his first official rehab game on Wednesday, after two games in extended spring training. Pagan played all nine innings in center field for Port St. Lucie in a 5-2 loss against Bradenton.

Pagan has been on the disabled list since April 22 with a strained left oblique muscle. He was hitting .159 with one home run and six RBIs in 69 at-bats prior to the injury.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Tuesday that Pagan should be activated from the disabled list on Saturday after playing three games with St. Lucie.

Terry Collins said on Wednesday he’d hoped to have Pagan back as soon as possible. Jason Pridie has taken Pagan’s place in center field and is among the candidates for demotion upon his return.

PARNELL THROWS SIDE SESSION: Mets reliever Bobby Parnell (blood clot in finger) threw a side session on Wednesday and will throw in a game on Saturday, according to Collins. It is unclear which game Parnell will throw in.

Parnell was placed on the disabled list on April 21 with a blood clot in his right middle finger.