Alou's MRI postponed

Alou's MRI postponed

NEW YORK -- The weather that caused postponement of the Mets' game against the Pirates on Monday night also prevented Moises Alou from flying to New York mid-day as scheduled. So, he didn't have his seemingly injured left foot examined as scheduled either. Alou landed at 5:30 p.m. ET Monday, his appointment rescheduled for Tuesday.

Doctors are to determine, via magnetic resonance imaging, whether a bone in his foot is fractured. The foot began to swell Friday morning. Alou, assigned to the disabled list since Spring Training because of surgery to repair a hernia, hasn't played since Thursday because of the swelling and discomfort.

Also delayed Monday was the expected release from the hospital of Mets catcher Brian Schneider. The plan now is for him to be released Tuesday.

Schneider's left thumb is infected, and though the Mets continue to say his condition is improving, his hospitalization was extended for a second time. General manager Omar Minaya said, for the first time, the origin of the infection probably was a blister. He also said the swelling is down significantly since Thursday, the day he was admitted into the hospital for special surgery in Manhattan.

A teammate who had been in contact with Schneider via text messaging said the catcher was to get some sort of new treatment Tuesday.

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