SAN FRANCISCO -- Mets manager Jerry Manuel indicated Sunday that he may soon name Angel Pagan the starting right fielder over Jeff Francoeur. Achieving continuity within the offense is difficult to do, Manuel said, while rotating four outfielders among three spots.
With Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran entrenched in left and center field, respectively, a promotion for Pagan would push Francoeur into a reserve role.
"That's tough to do," Manuel said. "We might have to make a call on that. It might be unpopular, but it's something you have to do."
Since Beltran's return from the disabled list this week, Pagan and Francoeur have formed a right-field platoon. But Pagan entered Sunday's play batting .305 with six home runs and 20 steals; Francoeur was hitting just .249 overall and .135 in July.