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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Mets morning briefing 9.24.11

By Adam Rubin

Friday's Mets-Phillies game was rained out. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader Saturday. Cole Hamels opposes R.A. Dickey in Game 1 at 1:10 p.m. The 7:10 p.m. night game features Joe Blanton and Dillon Gee. As a result of Dickey getting pushed back a day, Terry Collins indicated this very likely will be the knuckleballer's final start of the season. Sunday's game has been pushed back an hour, to 2:10 p.m.

Saturday's news reports:

Jose Reyes may be entering his final homestand as a Met, and Collins said he planned to chat with the shortstop given everything swirling around him -- from the looming free agency, to the NL batting-title race, to his precarious left hamstring. With the Mets rained out and Reyes idle, Milwaukee's Ryan Braun slipped into a first-place tie with Reyes at .329. Matt Kemp, bidding for a Triple Crown with the Dodgers, is hitting .326. Kemp is tied for the NL home run lead with Albert Pujols at 37. He has 119 RBIs -- a six-RBI lead over Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard. Read more on Reyes in the Record, Post and Newsday.

• Turns out, Lucas Duda's crash into the outfield wall at Busch Stadium during the first inning  of Wednesday's game in St. Louis may be a concussion. Duda is now suffering from headaches. He had an MRI on Friday and is unavailable to play, perhaps for the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, Angel Pagan also has a headache and potential concussion. Pagan hit himself with a bat during the follow through of his swing during the first inning of Thursday's game in St. Louis. After being checked on by a trainer, Pagan completed that game, but developed a headache. He was examined by a doctor Friday afternoon and was scratched from the lineup for the series opener against the Phillies before the game was rained out. At least Jason Bay was poised to return to the lineup after missing three games in St. Louis with an illness.

• The Mets informed Omar Minaya deputies Wayne Krivsky and Bryan Lambe they are out with the organization. Both scouted for the organization this season. The moves were expected since their contracts were expiring and Sandy Alderson and crew want their own people in place. Lambe received the word from Alderson during the third inning of a game he was staffing for the Mets at Nationals Park on Friday night.

• Judge Jed S. Rakoff is expected to rule on tossing all or part of the $1 billion lawsuit brought by the trustee trying to recover funds for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme as soon as Monday. The ruling was expected in late September, and should come before the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah on Wednesday evening. For a refresher on the issues, read this "In Depth" piece from last month.

• Collins said he likely sees Duda in right field in 2012.

Andrew Keh in the Times looks at the disparity in success between the Mets on the road and at home.

BIRTHDAYS: Former outfielder Hubie Brooks turns 55. ... Bernard Gilkey turns 45.