Harris fills in while Beltran battles illness

Harris fills in while Beltran battles illness

NEW YORK -- For the second straight day, the Mets' lineup is without right fielder Carlos Beltran. Beltran contracted flu-like symptoms Friday night and did not play in Saturday's 11-2 victory over the Phillies.

Manager Terry Collins has opted for Willie Harris to take Beltran's place in right field and his spot as the third hitter in the Mets' lineup for Sunday's rubber game. Collins said he made the decision due to Harris' track record of success against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.

For his career, Harris is 5-for-16 against Kendrick, with a triple, two home runs, four RBIs, a walk and two strikeouts. On Saturday, the Mets started Scott Hairston in Beltran's place due to his past success against Cole Hamels, and Hairston responded by tallying a career-high five RBIs. He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run.

Collins said he spoke with trainer Ray Ramirez on Saturday night, and that Ramirez had told him Beltran was beginning to feel better.