Chris Capuano exits with ab pain

NEW YORK -- New York Mets left-hander Chris Capuano left Thursday's start against the Oakland Athletics after the sixth inning with discomfort in the right side of his abdomen. The Mets called the injury a cramp, and according to general manager Sandy Alderson, Capuano will not miss his next start.

"It felt almost like a side stitch in my right side. Just a little crampy," Capuano said after earning the win in the Mets' 4-1 victory over the A's. "It lingered a little throughout the game, not real sharp, just kind of a little dull ache from time to time."

The team said Capuano left for precautionary reasons.

Capuano was removed for pinch hitter Willie Harris in the bottom of the sixth. He allowed five hits and no runs in six innings, striking out seven without issuing a walk.

Capuano threw 64 of his 88 pitches for strikes. He first felt the pain in his side during warm-ups following a 2-hour, 15-minute rain delay.

He notified Terry Collins of the issue in the fifth. The manager decided to pull Capuano after the sixth.

"The last thing we needed was to send him out there dehydrated so I took him off," Collins said.

Capuano got the win Thursday to improve to 6-7. He lowered his ERA from 4.29 to 3.99. Over his past four starts, Capuano is 3-1 with a 1.08 ERA and 22 strikeouts.

Alderson said Capuano should not miss his next start for the Mets, who have an off day before on Monday in the middle of a six-game road trip to Texas and Detroit.

"We don't think so. ... At this point there's no indication that that would be the case," Alderson said.

Capuano's next start, assuming all Met pitchers remain on schedule, will be June 29 in Detroit.

The Mets are still waiting for Johan Santana to return from offseason surgery on his left shoulder. Ike Davis is out for an indefinite amount of time with a left ankle sprain and bone bruise. David Wright was given clearance Thursday to resume baseball activities after sitting out six weeks with a stress fracture in his lower back. Pitcher Chris Young is lost for the season due to a right shoulder injury.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.