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Mets allow Sanchez to resume workouts Sunday

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets reliever Duaner Sanchez will be allowed to resume workouts at spring training camp Sunday after apologizing for showing up late.

Sanchez, sent home by the team Thursday, met Saturday with manager Willie Randolph and GM Omar Minaya for about 30 minutes. The 27-year-old right-hander was apologetic after the meeting and said he planned to meet with each of his teammates one-on-one to apologize.

"I'm very sorry that this has happened because we come to spring training to work," Sanchez said. "We don't come here to deal with this type of stuff, and I'm sure it won't happen again."

Sanchez is rehabilitating from shoulder surgery after he was injured in a car accident last July. He could miss the start of the season.

Sanchez reported to camp weighing more than expected, but said he is back to being fit. Last year, he was 5-1 with a 2.60 ERA in 49 games, serving as a reliable setup man for closer Billy Wagner.

"The past is the past," Sanchez said. "I came out a little bit out of shape, yes, and I gave [Randolph] all the reason for him to be upset. I was supposed to come a little bit more ready than what I was, and right now I'm feeling great. I'm in shape."

Minaya expects the matter to be finished.

"We feel that it's his responsibility, but that being said, I feel that Willie's message got across and we can move forward," Minaya said.

Randolph said Sanchez was "a little misty-eyed" during the meeting.

"I'm confident that he understands this is a team and we all work under the same umbrella," Randolph said.

Randolph excused Sanchez from Saturday's workout before asking him to come back Sunday.

As for his rehabilitation, Sanchez said he does not want to have any physical problems, even if that means missing a few games early in the season.

"I'm just trying to take my time so I don't have a setback," he said.

Game notes
Mets C Paul Lo Duca missed Saturday's game because of nausea.