Mets' Scott Hairston has shin bruise

NEW YORK -- Mets right fielder Scott Hairston left Monday night's game between the second and third innings with a left shin contusion he suffered in his first inning at-bat, according to the team.

X-rays came back negative and Hairston is day to day, the team announced. His status for tomorrow's game against the Cardinals is unknown at his point.

"The X-ray was negative, but he's got a real bad bruise on the top of his foot," Mets manager Terry Collins said following the Mets' 4-1 loss to the Marlins. "He just said he didn't think he could run so that's why we had him out."

With Willie Harris on second and two outs in the first, Hairston fouled a pitch off his left shin. Collins and team trainer Ray Ramirez came out to check on Hairston before he returned to the box to finish his at-bat. When Hairston grounded to second, he limped out of the box and did not run at full speed down to first base.

Between the inning, Collins once again came out to check on Hairston, who stayed in the game for one more inning before being pulled in what was a scoreless game. Nick Evans replaced Hairston in the lineup, batting cleanup, and Lucas Duda moved from first base to right field. Evans went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Hairston is batting .264 with five home runs and 19 RBIs on the year. His departure marked yet another loss to the Mets lineup, who are struggling to score with the likes of shortstop Jose Reyes, center fielder Carlos Beltran, first baseman Ike Davis and third baseman David Wright all out of the lineup.

Said left fielder Jason Bay: "We've been playing down a lot of men for a while and I think we've been weathering it for a little bit, but it might be catching up to us."

Matt Ehalt is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.