Alou upset after calf injury sends him back to bench

NEW YORK -- One day after coming off the disabled list, a despondent Moises Alou was out of the New York Mets' lineup again Wednesday night against Arizona because his left calf is still bothering him.

The oft-injured Alou returned Tuesday from a strained left calf that kept him out of the lineup for 19 days. He went 1-for-2 with a two-run single on the first pitch he saw, but his calf stiffened up as the game progressed and he came out after a 61-minute rain delay before the seventh inning.

The left fielder hoped his leg would feel better Wednesday, but he said it was just as sore as the night before. He planned to have an MRI exam and sounded as though he expects to be sidelined for at least a few days.

"The thing that worries me is that I was 100 percent yesterday," said Alou, visibly upset. "I don't know what's going to happen."

This time, the soreness is in a different spot in his calf, Alou explained. He said his leg felt about 50 percent, and he was very disappointed and embarrassed to be injured again so quickly.

The 41-year-old Alou, who began the season on the DL following hernia surgery, said he felt as down Wednesday as he had at any point in his injury-plagued career.

"Not out yet, but I'm pretty down," he said quietly.

Alou is batting .347 with nine RBIs in only 49 at-bats this year.

"I wish I was standing here talking to you about getting a game-winning hit instead of -- it hurts, it hurts, it hurts. The story of my life, I guess," Alou said. "I know how important I am for this team and how excited I was about being back yesterday, how excited my teammates were. It's frustrating."

Marlon Anderson, who also came off the disabled list Tuesday, started in left field Wednesday night against Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb.

"Shut him down tonight, see how he feels tomorrow," Mets manager Willie Randolph said, referring to Alou. "We'll see in a couple days how he responds. This could just be regular soreness from inactivity. It's not a good thing that he wasn't able to bounce back today, but you could understand. ... Whatever, we'll see. I don't know. You're always concerned when one of your big hitters is not in the lineup."

New York also purchased outfielder Chris Aguila's contract from Triple-A New Orleans before the game.

Aguila provides some outfield depth and potential pop while the Mets are missing Alou and right fielder Ryan Church, on the 15-day disabled list with post-concussion syndrome.

Aguila was batting .308 with 17 home runs and 40 RBIs in 62 games for New Orleans. He played in 141 big league games with Florida from 2004-06.

He takes the roster spot of infielder Abraham Nunez, who was designated for assignment after Tuesday night's 9-5 loss to the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.