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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Lefty curveball for Mets

By Adam Rubin

Garrett Olson, the most likely candidate to claim the lefty specialist role in the bullpen until Tim Byrdak returns from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, suffered his own injury Sunday.

Pitching in a Double-A game, Olson was struck in the palm of his left hand with a comebacker. X-rays were negative, the team announced. Olson had tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings against the Jacksonville Suns before departing.

The Mets announced that Olson had suffered a bruise.

If Olson were not ready for the April 5 opener, Josh Edgin -- who has not pitched above Class A -- very likely would make the Opening Day roster. Even before Olson's injury, a team official said the organization had not resolved to take Olson over Edgin. Daniel Herrera also remains in camp. Chuck James was relocated to minor league camp last week.