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Alou suffers cut chin, jammed shoulder

Alou suffers cut chin, jammed shoulder

NEW YORK -- The Mets' training room is suddenly crowded, and the news just keeps getting worse.

Left fielder Moises Alou became the latest in a suddenly lengthy string of injuries for the Mets, receiving two stitches on his chin after charging into the left-field wall in Monday night's 9-6 loss to the Marlins.

Alou also aggravated the right shoulder that he jammed in a game against the Nationals over the weekend. He will have an MRI on the shoulder Tuesday, and is day-to-day.

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With one out in the eighth inning Monday, Marlins pinch-hitter Jason Wood drilled an Aaron Sele offering to left field, where Alou appeared to have a play. But the ball, the wall and the left fielder all met at the same time, popping the ball out of Alou's glove and sending the 40-year-old veteran to the ground with a badly cut chin.

Alou stayed in the game, but was lifted for a defensive replacement -- Endy Chavez -- to start the ninth.

More troublesome for the Mets is Alou's shoulder, which he jammed while diving for a ball against Washington. It wasn't bad enough for him to miss any playing time over the weekend, but after he aggravated it Monday, Alou could potentially miss a game or two this week.

Alou said that the shoulder injury had nothing to do with hitting the wall, but that it simply flared up in the middle of the game.

"It was funny, I was just standing there," Alou said. "I don't know, maybe it was the way I turned. I feel OK now, but tomorrow, I don't know when the painkiller wears off how I'm going to feel."

Alou had been hitless in 11 at-bats before a sixth-inning double. The slump dropped him off his league-leading hitting pace, though he remained ninth in the National League with a .349 average heading into Monday's game.

The news comes on the heels of injuries to second baseman Jose Valentin and starting pitcher Orlando Hernandez, both of whom were placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday. Valentin is expected to be sidelined for two to four weeks, while El Duque should miss two to three starts.

Anthony DiComo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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