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Friday, June 24, 2011
Capuano ready to pitch on turn

By Adam Rubin

Pitching coach Dan Warthen fully expects Chris Capuano will make his next scheduled start, Wednesday at Detroit. Capuano had been pulled after six scoreless innings Thursday by Terry Collins as a precaution because of an abdominal issue on his right side.

"I talked to him a few minutes ago. No problems whatsoever," Warthen said as the Mets concluded batting practice Friday in Arlington. "I think it was more of a cramp."

Capuano, like the rest of the Mets' starters, will get an extra day of rest before his next start because Monday is a team-wide off-day. That's why Capuano will delay his between-starts bullpen session until Sunday, according to Warthen. Collins floated the idea of potentially giving Capuano a few additional days of rest "if we had to" without missing a full turn of the rotation because the off-day allows for it, but Warthen said that should be unncessary.

"He thought he was getting dehydrated a little bit," Collins said about Capuano's Thursday start. "And that's why he thought he was cramping up. As I said after the game, with his superb conditioning, and as lean as he is, if he was dehydrating, we're talking about the muscles now drying out and the possibility of tearing something. So I just said, 'You're pitching too good [this season]. I can't take a chance.' That's why I took him out."