NEW YORK -- Angel Pagan left Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Tigers in the seventh inning with spasms in his right side. He is day-to-day and likely won't play Thursday, but shouldn't miss much time.
"I couldn't swing the bat hard, so I just wanted to be a little bit smart in that situation and maybe not miss more time," Pagan said. "This is going to be a day-to-day situation, and we'll see what happens."
After feeling a bit of discomfort in his midsection during batting practice, Pagan applied a heat pack to his right side prior to the game. But the problem reoccurred when he swung and fouled off a ball in the fifth inning against the Tigers.
Pagan played two more innings in the field before giving way to pinch-hitter Jesus Feliciano in the bottom of the seventh.
"I thought it would be best to take him out," manager Jerry Manuel said. "I'll probably give him a day off [Thursday] just to regroup."
Leading the Mets with a .302 batting average this season, Pagan also has a lengthy injury history that includes stints on the disabled list in each of the past two seasons. This year, he has finally managed to avoid the DL, filling in for the injured Carlos Beltran in center field.
"It's not going to be anything that's going to take a long time," he said of this latest injury. "But in a situation like this, with the way we're playing, you've got to be smart sometimes. You don't want to lose a lot of time and probably hurt the team."