Hairston still Opening Day consideration

March, 20, 2012
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Scott Hairston, who has been sidelined since Grapefruit League play began with a strained left oblique muscle, is not out for Opening Day just yet.

Hairston plans to seriously upgrade his workload Tuesday. He will take groundballs and fly balls for the first time since suffering the injury this afternoon. When his teammates take batting practice before tonight's game against the Washington Nationals, Hairston plans to try to run the bases.

Hairston finished last season on the disabled list with the same injury.

The Mets would like to carry a righty-hitting backup outfielder on the Opening Day roster. So if Hairston was not available, Vinny Rottino might claim that spot.

• Second baseman Reese Havens, who was sidelined nearly all of his time in major league camp with a back issue, has started taking grounders on the minor league side.

• Retired Carlos Delgado visited the Mets clubhouse Tuesday afternoon and had lengthy chats with David Wright and Johan Santana.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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