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Mets shut down Ronny Paulino

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets backup catcher Ronny Paulino will be shut down briefly until further blood test results from his physical come back, general manager Sandy Alderson said Saturday.

"His blood work came back, the doctors wanted some follow-up tests, and until that's done, they don't want him on the field," Alderson said. "It will probably be Monday or Tuesday before he's back. It's based on the lab work that came back."

Alderson added that the health issue is unrelated to the performance-enhancing drug issue from last season, for which Paulino must serve another eight games on a 50-game suspension for testing positive.

"It has nothing to do with any of his other issues," Alderson said. "It just has to do with blood counts and things of that sort."

Alderson did not identify the doctors' concerns. Paulino arrived late to camp because of a visa issue related to the ban. He had to pass a doctor's review in the Dominican before being cleared to enter the U.S.

Both Alderson and manager Terry Collins said Paulino feels fine.

"He's very, very discouraged that he's going to miss time because he's feeling great," Collins said. "He thinks he's in great shape. He doesn't feel any symptoms. But we medically have to take care of him. I told him that his health is first and foremost for us. He's just very disappointed that he just can't participate in stuff. We'll wait a couple of days and see what the results will be in the tests and go from there."

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com.