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02/16/09 10:50 PM EST

Manuel remains open to lineup options

Mets' skipper could bat Wright at No. 5 against left-handers

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Manager Jerry Manuel said he is opposed neither to batting David Wright fifth, behind Carlos Delgado, or flip-flopping the two depending in the handedness of the opponent's starting pitcher.

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So the Mets' batting order against a left-handed starter could be Luis Castillo, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Delgado, Wright, Fernando Tatis, Ryan Church and either Brian Schneider or Ramon Castro. Wright's presence might help Delgado get better pitches.

Wright could bat fourth and Delgado fifth against right-handed starters, followed by Church, Daniel Murphy and then Schneider.

Reyes and Castillo, the co-stars in the biggest story in this camp -- the possible revision of the batting order -- are expected to participate in a workout for the first time Tuesday. Reyes' wife gave birth to a baby girl on Valentine's Day named Joselyn, and Castillo's arrival was postponed because his flight from the Dominican Republic was delayed.

Reyes is one of at least five players whose family will grow this season. The wives of Johan Santana, J.J. Putz, Mike Pelfrey and Schneider are expecting.

Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.