New York Mets center fielder Angel Pagan was supposed to face higher-level pitching at Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday night, but it turned out to be a wasted trip.
The Bisons were rained out, and Pagan was unable to make what was planned to be his only Triple-A rehab appearance before being activated from the disabled list. GM Sandy Alderson indicated Pagan "probably" would be activated Friday anyway, rather than wait an extra day to get Buffalo at-bats.
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“I wanted to play but it didn’t happen," Pagan said. "I’m feeling healthy. I’m still trying to find my way at home plate. But every day I feel better. I’m not worried, I think my approach at the plate has been really good.
“I’m just looking forward to helping the team. I’m anxious to get there and help the team.”
So Pagan should be in center field at Citi Field on Friday for the series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.
“I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but if they asked me I’d rather go to New York [Friday],” Pagan said.
Manager Terry Collins intimated that outfielder Fernando Martinez would be sent down to make room for Pagan on the 25-man roster.
“I can tell you right now I’m not 100 percent on my timing, but with my adrenaline I should be ready to go,” Pagan said.
Pagan had been playing in Class A St. Lucie. He’s been on the DL for the last month with a left oblique strain.
In six games with St. Lucie, which was interrupted by one setback, Pagan batted .261 (8-for-23) with a home run, a double and two RBIs.
“We just have to keep battling so that when Johan [Santana] and David [Wright] get back, we’re not so far behind,” Pagan said.