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Saturday, June 15, 2013
Pregame notes: Atchison back Tuesday?

By Matt Ehalt

NEW YORK -- Injured Mets reliever Scott Atchison could return to the Mets for Tuesday's doubleheader against Atlanta, according to manager Terry Collins. Atchison, sidelined with inflammation in his right elbow, is pitching for Double-A Binghamton.

"That's getting realistic," Collins said about Tuesday. "I think we're going to need another pitcher by that time."

Collins said the decision should come in the next few days as the team decides whether Atchison needs to go to Triple-A or can head straight to Flushing. Atchison pitched a scoreless inning Friday and has made three rehab appearances. He has posted a 4.50 ERA in 19 games this season.

WAITING ON VALDESPIN: Collins said Daniel Murphy will eventually return to second base, but the team needs to give Jordany Valdespin enough at-bats to see if he can be an everyday player.

Since the team demoted Ike Davis, Murphy has been playing first with Valdespin manning second.

"Is he going to make the adjustment where he's going to be able to go on a daily basis? Because you're going to face so many guys," Collins said. "You have to change your approach at the plate, look for different things. If he has the ability to do that and get on base and score runs, we'll leave it how it is until hopefully Ike gets back."

Valdespin, who primarily had been used as a pinch-hitter, is hitting just .213 with three homers and 11 RBIs. He's 2-for-15 since Davis' demotion.

If Valdespin continues to struggle and Murphy is returned to second base, Collins said the team would have to determine whether they want to use Justin Turner or Lucas Duda at first base.

NO GIANCARLO: During a question-and-answer session with season-ticket holders, Mets GM Sandy Alderson was asked if the team considered trading its top prospects for Miami's Giancarlo Stanton.

"That opportunity has never risen," Alderson said. "When it does, we'll address it."

Alderson later said the team could be in a position soon to dangle top prospects for elite players.

"We're at a point where we will be starting to consider those possibilities," Alderson said. "We'll see what happens."

THE YANKS AND HARVEY: One fan asked Matt Harvey if he could see himself playing for the Yankees in the future, only to be drowned out by a chorus of boos. Harvey, who grew up a Yankees fan, didn't respond. In his one game versus the Yankees, on May 28, Harvey gave up one run in eight innings.

"I wanted to beat them," Harvey said. "I picked the Yankees' side, unfortunately, obviously, but I'm happy to be a Met and go out there and beat the Yankees."

RUBEN NOT RUNNING: Collins said Ruben Teajda (quad) is still ways away and is not running. ... Frank Francisco (elbow) is throwing off a mound but isn't pitching in games yet. Collins hopes that Francisco will be able to pitch in a game next week. ... Alderson said Rafael Montero is a "longshot" to pitch in Flushing this year due to his innings restriction.