Saturday, September 24, 2011
TC: Duda & Izzy could be done for year
By Matt Ehalt
Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that outfielder/first baseman Lucas Duda and reliever Jason Isringhausen could miss the final six games of the regular season with their injuries. Duda is experiencing headaches following a crash into the right field wall on Wednesday, while Isringhausen is suffering from a herniated disc in his back.
Duda, who crashed into the wall Wednesday against St. Louis and felt dizzy afterward, is still awaiting the results of his MRI, but Collins said that doctors told him that until Duda's headache subsides, it does not matter what the MRI shows. Duda said Saturday that he feels good and wants to get back on the field as soon as he can, but acknowledges he could be finished for the season.
"I certainly hope not, obviously I want to play, I feel I can play," Duda said. "It's up to the doctors and I'm not a doctor so I don't really know but I want to be out there and help my team."
Isringhausen last pitched on Sept. 8 and Collins said he's not as confident as he was last week that the reliever would be able to pitch. Collins said Isringhausen told him yesterday there's still numbness in one of his legs from the herniated disc and the team has been told not to let him pitch until that numbness is gone.
'He'd be a guy that's very doubtful for the next four days," Collins said.
In another injury note, center fielder Angel Pagan, who experienced a headache after hitting himself on his back swing Thursday against St. Louis, was supposed to be looked at by doctors Saturday morning. He was not in the lineup for Saturday's game against Philadelphia.
Collins said he saw Pagan Saturday and the center fielder told Collins he feels better. The manager is waiting to hear from the doctors. Collins said if the headache continues to be a problem, Pagan will not play in the second game of the doubleheader.