Schneider dares Nats baserunners

Schneider dares Nats baserunners

WASHINGTON -- Note to the Nationals: slow down. Brian Schneider is ready.

Schneider returned to the Mets' lineup for Wednesday night's game at Nationals Park, his first game since missing three straight with a deep right forearm bruise. And Schneider welcomed any plans that the Nationals might have had to test his still-sore throwing arm on the basepaths.

"I definitely hope they try to run on me," Schneider said, grinning. "I'd love to see it."

It was one of the few smiles Schneider could crack this week, after a Chase Utley foul ball struck him on the arm on Saturday in Philadelphia, effectively knocking him out of his duties behind the plate. Schneider, a career .254 hitter, was batting .308 before the injury.

"It's not something that you want to do, missing games," he said. "I've been anxious the last couple of days to get in there. It's hard, because you see all the pitches, you see stuff going on in the game and you wish you could be out there doing things. No one likes to be hurt."

Schneider said that he still felt some pain in his right forearm, but not nearly enough to keep him out of his fourth straight game.

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