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Mets injury updates

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said that he expects center fielder Angel Pagan to return after the team's series with the Chicago Cubs this week.

Pagan (oblique strain) has a family situation he has to take care of in Puerto Rico, but will finish out his rehab stint in St. Lucie.

Pagan has gone 4-for-16 in four minor league games. He went 3-for-4 at the plate on Saturday.

Collins called a May 26 return by first baseman Ike Davis "a little optimistic."

Davis has been rehabbing his ankle sprain in St. Lucie. Collins said he has been taking groundballs and swinging the bat, but has yet to run.

Collins said a few days after the 26th is more realistic, as long as Davis is OK to run.

Collins said the team has begun discussing a rehab plan for third baseman David Wright, but a timetable for his return is unknown.

Wright was DL'd on Wednesday with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Collins said he dealt with a similar injury, and wants to be careful with Wright.

Although Collins said catcher Josh Thole will continue to receive playing time, backup Ronny Paulino is expected to get more at-bats.

Paulino will catch right-hander Mike Pelfrey on Sunday afternoon, even though the Mets are facing New York Yankees righty Ivan Nova.

Collins said he'd like Thole to get more work in the batting cage. The 24-year-old is batting just .205 with 10 RBIs and a .281 on-base percentage.