Capuano's turn could be skipped if needed

Capuano's turn could be skipped if needed

ARLINGTON -- Though the Mets won't know Chris Capuano's availability for certain until he attempts to throw a bullpen session later this weekend, they are prepared to push him back in the rotation if he continues to feel discomfort in the right side of his abdomen.

Leaving Thursday's game with a cramping sensation in his side after six shutout innings, Capuano is currently scheduled to make his next start Wednesday in Detroit. But with a scheduled off-day Monday, the Mets could push him back as far as Saturday without affecting the rest of the rotation.

"We could keep everybody else on schedule because of the off-day," Collins said, "and just move him back if we had to."

Currently, they are not committed to either option. But the Mets have reason to be cautious with Capuano given his recent success. After posting a 3-6 record and 5.19 ERA over his first dozen outings, the left-hander is 3-1 with a 1.08 mark in his last four starts, striking out 22 batters and walking seven.