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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Scott Atchison nearing return

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Reliever Scott Atchison, who began the Double-A Binghamton portion of his rehab tour on Wednesday night, could rejoin the Mets by the weekend.

Terry Collins said the final hurdle for Atchison will be pitching back-to-back days, which could be achieved tonight, weather-permitting, when the B-Mets play at Trenton. Atchison tossed a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts last night against the Yankees' Double-A affiliate.

He has been on the disabled list since experiencing finger numbness during a May 13 appearance at St. Louis.

Atchison experienced more numbness during a rehab appearance with Class A St. Lucie on May 25, prompting him to get opinions from Mets doctors as well as Dr. James Andrews. Neither recommended surgery, according to the Mets, who describe Atchison's numbness as the result of elbow inflammation pressing on a nerve.