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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Torres reinjured, departs game

By Adam Rubin

Andres Torres, who had suffered a strained left calf against the Washington Nationals on March 20, only to hurriedly get ready for the season, came up lame while pursuing Tyler Pastornicky's shot to the right-center gap in the seventh inning. Torres departed the game. The Mets confirmed he suffered the same injury.

Scott Hairston took over in center field.

The Mets have an off-day Friday. Kirk Nieuwenhuis could be at Citi Field the following day, since it looks clear Torres is headed to the DL. He had only returned to Grapefruit League action on Monday.

After Nieuwenhuis' teammates departed for Triple-A Buffalo, Nieuwenhuis was held back in Port St. Lucie as a hedge against Torres not being ready. The Mets also held back Vinny Rottino. So the debate would be whether to add Rottino to the 40-man roster and use Hairston full time in center field, or call up Nieuwenhuis and keep Hairston on the bench.

Torres was 0-for-2 with a walk. He also reached on an error by second baseman Dan Uggla before departing.