Tejada gets day off

Jerry Manuel decided to start Alex Cora at second base Sunday against the Marlins, opting to sit rookie Ruben Tejada.

Cora is hitting .500 (4-for-8) with a double, triple and an RBI against Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco (5-4, 4.57 ERA).

Tejada is 2-for-8 with two doubles and two RBI since being called up on Friday night to replace Luis Castillo (foot).

Manuel said before Sunday's game that Tejada will "get the bulk of the playing time" at second base.

BLANCO HEALTHY: Now that C Henry Blanco is healthy, Manuel said that the Mets would make a decision on whether on not to carry three catchers either after Sunday's game or Tuesday's game.

The team called up C Omir Santos on Friday to back up Barajas after Blanco received a cortisone shot on Thursday to relieve pain associated with a herniated disc in his neck.

Blanco said this morning that he wouldn't need another cortisone shot and that the pain in his neck had subsided. He said that he'd be available off the bench today.

Look for the Mets to send Santos back to the minors and call up an outfielder, such as Jesus Feliciano, to backup CF Angel Pagan.

MAINE TO PEN?: P John Maine, on the DL with what the team is calling right shoulder tendinitis, threw a bullpen session today at Citi Field. He will likely face hitters in a batting practice session Tuesday.

With Jonathon Niese, R.A. Dickey and Hisanori Takahashi entrenched as starters, Manuel didn't rule out the possibility of Maine being used out of the bullpen when he is healthy enough to return.

"More than anything, how he feels ... will determine where he goes," the Met manager said.