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Pregame tidbits

Jerry Manuel strongly hinted Jenrry Mejia will start Saturday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Manuel said Mejia would not stay with Buffalo through the completion of its season Monday. Assistant GM John Ricco and Manuel both said they received a favorable report on the development of Mejia's curveball. Mejia took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and limited Syracuse to one run in eight innings in his Triple-A debut Monday.

"When you go down and you get a feel for that secondary pitch, that's a big positive," Manuel said.

Manuel expressed no regret about using Mejia as a reliever earlier in the season.

"I think any time you can get around the major leagues, and travel to these different cities -- the major league scene -- and get acclimated, I think it's a great benefit," Manuel said. "It's the way it was done before. You bring a guy up, you put him in the pen, get him some success, and if he's one of your starters in the future, then you stretch him out even at the major league level. I thought for him that was a great benefit to come up ... with the little responsibility he had as far as the game goes."

Also:

- A team official indicated call-ups may wait until the direction of Buffalo's season is resolved. Raul Valdes is scheduled to start Wednesday for the Bisons, and he likely would not be promoted to the major league club and miss that start. The Mets are covered for a Valdes-type lefty role anyway with Pat Misch bumped from the rotation for Mejia. Buffalo is 3 1/3 games out of the International League wild-card spot with eight games remaining.

- MLBPA head Michael Weiner told ESPN's Andrew Marchand that Francisco Rodriguez's grievance hearing likely will take place in mid-October.

- A Rangers scout is at the Mets-Braves game, as the deadline to acquire Jeff Francoeur approaches at midnight.

- Angel Pagan will be out at least a couple of days with right wrist tendinitis.

"It's nothing bad," Pagan said. "I wasn't having my swing as normal. It just felt like I needed a little rest. ... It's been nagging me for a little bit. We're just being careful with it. We just don't want to lose many days."

- Jose Reyes (right oblique) will not swing a bat today. He is taking grounders at shortstop.

- David Wright last batted second on May 12, 2007.

- The Mets' Arizona Fall League contingent in Mesa will include: left-hander Robert Carson, right-hander Josh Stinson, catcher Kai Gronauer and infielder Jordany Valdespin.

- Jon Niese will continue to pitch on turn without disruption in his first full major league season. The Mets are not concerned about an innings count at this point.