Paulino activation may wait until Saturday

April, 28, 2011
Terry Collins said Ronny Paulino's return from the DL, first scheduled for Tuesday, then Friday, may actually wait until Saturday. Collins said he would like Paulino to get additional at-bats with Triple-A Buffalo. Paulino so far is 3-for-21 (.143) in six games with the Bisons. That comes on the heels of going 3-for-17 (.176) in five games with Class A St. Lucie.

When Paulino is activated, the righty-hitting catcher mostly will platoon with lefty-hitting Josh Thole, according to Collins. The exception: Because Paulino, who arrived late to spring training, then was shut down with anemia, has not caught R.A. Dickey, Thole will catch the knuckleballer, even if the Mets are facing a southpaw.

• With Mike Pelfrey, who has been ill, declared ready for Friday's start, Collins said he would not hold back Dillon Gee as a precaution. If the situation calls for Gee to be used Thursday night, he will be summoned for relief duty.

• Collins would like to give Carlos Beltran a day off in Philly this weekend. The logical game would be Saturday's matinee after a night game. However, Beltran is hitting .316 with two homers in 42 career plate appearances against scheduled starter Roy Halladay that day. And Collins believes Beltran is such a competitor he would want to face Halladay no matter what. So the manager may give Beltran off Sunday against Cliff Lee instead.

• Despite Daniel Murphy's surge, Collins reiterated it's still a platoon. So Justin Turner should start the next time the Mets face a southpaw, which is Sunday with Lee.

• Collins said he does not expect an apology from Marvin Hudson, Wednesday's third base ump. The manager said he cannot recall an umpire ever apologizing to him for a missed call, and added that he has a short memory anyway. "It's over," Collins said.

Adam Rubin

ESPN Staff Writer
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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