Notes: Floyd rejoins Mets after DL stint

Notes: Floyd rejoins Mets

HOUSTON -- The photograph on the cover of the July 17 edition of Sport Illustrated pictured Jose Reyes, Paul Lo Duca, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, David Wright, five wide smiles and no Cliff Floyd. No offense intended, no offense taken.

"Not this year," Floyd said. "Not me this year."

As much as the Mets left fielder would have appreciated being one of the guys in the photo, he knows he didn't warrant inclusion, and knows he has been out of the picture almost throughout the Mets' special season.

For that matter, he was omitted from the team photo taken during the last homestand. Floyd was in Florida dealing with his Achilles' tendinitis and too many other things that have made his 2006 season forgettable.

Floyd rejoined the Mets on Saturday night, following a two-home run performance in his second rehab game and nearly a month of inactivity. He returned with a philosphical outlook -- "It is what it is" and the intention of helping "my team get where it wants to go."

"If I can catch make a catch in the outfield or get a runner in from third, that will be a contribution," Floyd said.

Floyd was in the Mets' batting order, batting sixth as he did before his second DL assignment and before Shawn Green was acquired -- Green didn't start on Saturday. And the first four times he was involved in plays: he caught two fly balls, grounded into a double play and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

As if he actually had planned it.

On the move: Manager Willie Randolph didn't anticipate sitting in one location for too long on Saturday night. His plan was to play keep-away from Reyes while the young shortstop roamed the dugout looking for a way to pass his unwanted free time.

Reyes was excluded from the starting lineup for the first time since July 16, for reasons of rest Randolph said, though the manager acknowledged that Reyes, 23, probably doesn't need any. Anderson Hernandez was the shortstop, and Endy Chavez batted leadoff and played right field for Green.

Only Reyes (124 games) and Chris Woodward (nine) had started games at shortstop this season. Chavez had batted leadoff once, previously.

Pedro update: Pedro Martinez reported no problems on Saturday after he had thrown 38 pitches off a mound in Port St. Lucie, his first extended throwing since he was assigned to the disabled list, because of a strained right hamstring on Aug. 16. The plan is for him to rejoin the Mets in New York on Monday and pitch by mid-September.

Randolph still intends to use a six-man rotation at some point this month, at least partially so Martinez can have five days off between starts. Brian Bannister, Mike Pelfrey and maybe even Philip Humber are possible sixth starters. Those three plus Lastings Milledge and Ricky Ledee are to be brought back to the big-league team on Tuesday, Randolph said.

A difference in eras: Darryl Strawberry led the dominating '86 Mets in extra-base hits with 59. Reyes doesn't lead the Mets' season, but he, too, had 59 through the Mets' 133rd game on Friday night. Reyes has 16 triples, 16 home runs and 27 doubles. Strawberry's breakdown was 5, 27, 27, respectively.

The Mets' extra-base hit leaders through Friday were Beltran (76), Delgado (63), Wright (62) and Reyes.

Glove is in the air: One of the more curious and distinctive plays involving the Mets happened at Shea Stadium 20 years ago Sunday, when Keith Hernandez hit a routine comebacker to Terry Mulholland, the Giants left-handed rookie pitcher in the third inning.

The ball became wedged in the webbing of Mulholland's glove. He began to run toward first base, and when he couldn't free the ball, he opted to throw his glove -- with the ball inadvertently secured in it -- to first baseman Bob Brenly for the out.

"I should have flipped the glove around the infield," Brenly would say.

Orlando Hernandez repeated Mulholland's play on June 5, 1999. Pitching against the Mets and for the Yankees, El Duque handled Rey Ordonez's ground ball, found it lodged in the webbing and flipped the glove to Tino Martinez for the out.

This date in Mets history, Sept. 3: For the first time in Mets history, a hitter produced home runs, batting left-handed and right-handed in the same game. Lee Mazzilli, like Mickey Mantle, a fleet, switch-hitting center fielder in New York, did so in Dodger Stadium on this date in 1978. Mazzilli's "switch" home runs came in the 17th year of the franchise, significantly late in the game's history. But the Mets quickly perfected the art form and now have had more instances of switch home runs, 16, than any National League franchise, including two this season by Beltran and Reyes. With Mantle's 10, the Yankees have the most instances in big-league history with 34.

For the second time in three games, Jim Edmonds hit a final-pitch home run to beat the Mets on this date in 2000. The 11th-inning home run against Rick White produced a 4-3 loss, one of six Mets losses in a seven-game sequence that began the night after a Braves loss had catapulted them into first place in the National League East and given them the best record in the game, 79-54. The Mets didn't hold that best-record distinction again so late in a season until Tuesday.

Coming up: If not for Orioles owner Peter Angelos, Roy Oswalt would probably be a part of the Mets' rotation and, perhaps, facing his former team this weekend. On the day of the trading deadline, July 31, the Mets and Astros had agreed to move Oswalt to the Mets, Milledge and Adam Everett to the Orioles and Miguel Tejada to the Astros. Angelos squelched the deal.

So Oswalt is available to start against the Mets on Sunday in the final game of the series. He pitches opposite Hernandez at 2:05 p.m. ET. Oswalt's victory against the Mets on July 23 was his first against the Mets in six starts over three-plus seasons. He had lost three straight decisions against them. Hernandez has split his only two career starts against the Astros, both this season -- the loss coming when he pitched for the Diamondbacks.

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