NEW YORK -- The Mets may have sent two players to the disabled list Tuesday in Mike Pelfrey and Jason Bay, but they appear close to receiving a big league reinforcement.
Barring a setback, outfielder Andres Torres is scheduled to join the team Sunday evening in Houston, after more than three weeks on the disabled list with a strained left calf. Torres will play rehab games at Class A St. Lucie on Tuesday and Wednesday, then another two on Friday and Saturday for Triple-A Buffalo, before flying to meet the team for the first of three games in Houston on Monday.
Torres, 32, reinjured his calf on Opening Day after missing two weeks in Spring Training with an identical injury. There has been some recent speculation as to whether he would be able to reclaim his job with the Mets, given rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis' strong play in center field. But Bay's injury should open up enough playing time in the outfield for both.
Torres, who stole two bases and rapped out three hits Monday evening for St. Lucie, came to the Mets in a trade with the Giants last winter. He hit .221 with four home runs in 112 games last season, missing significant time due to injuries.
Davis understands being lifted for pinch-hitter
NEW YORK -- Ike Davis took no offense to being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning Tuesday, the latest manifestation of his season-long slump.
With the Mets trailing by a run, Davis' lineup spot came up with a man on first base and two outs. As soon as Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen brought in left-hander Mike Dunn to face Davis, Terry Collins countered by replacing his first baseman with Justin Turner.
The move paid off for the Mets, even if it did little for Davis' confidence. Turner walked to extend the rally, and the Marlins eventually walked in the tying run of a 2-1 Mets victory.
"I'm not in a position to put up a fight right now," Davis said afterward. "Obviously I want to hit, but it's his job to win games as a manager."
Davis struck out looking in his first plate appearance Tuesday, marking the ninth time he has done so in 51 at-bats this season. He has struck out 21 times in total, and is 1-for-19 dating back to April 18. Davis also began the season in a 2-for-28 funk, but appeared to break out of it with three home runs over a four-game span last week.
That hot streak did not last, and Davis is now batting .131 with a .185 on-base percentage on the season. Regardless, Collins said after the game that the Mets have not discussed sending their first baseman down to the Minors to address his problems.
"I love Ike Davis," Collins said. "He's going to hit and we're going to put this in our past real soon, because he's going to start hitting the ball like we know he can."
Local sanitation workers Joseph Maneggio and Semi Nkozi threw out Tuesday's ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field. Maneggio, of Long Island, and Nkozi, of Queens, rescued five children and their mother from a burning building in Far Rockaway, Queens, on Dec. 13, 2011.
The sanitation workers were driving their truck around 6:15 a.m. ET, when they saw the fire and the family on the roof of their home. Maneggio and Nkozi caught the children -- one boy and four girls between 10 and 18 years old -- and their mother as they leapt from the roof into their arms.
Outfielder Dustin Martin, one of the players the Mets traded for Luis Castillo in 2007, is back in the organization. Nearly five years after shipping Martin and catcher Drew Butera to the Twins for Castillo in a Trade Deadline deal, the Mets signed Martin to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Buffalo.
R.A. Dickey was unsure whether switch-hitting former teammate Jose Reyes might try to bat right-handed against him Wednesday. Reyes has historically hit right-handed against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and his signature cutter, and many switch-hitters employ that tactic regularly against Dickey. But as the pitcher noted, "If I throw a good knuckleball, it really doesn't matter."