Injured Carson takes hit in lefty competition

Injured Carson takes hit in lefty competition

Injured Carson takes hit in lefty competition
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Left-hander Robert Carson is the latest injury casualty in Mets camp, straining an intercostal muscle in his left side. The Mets have removed Carson from their upcoming pitching schedule, making it extremely unlikely that he will log enough innings to break camp with the team.

Carson had been competing with Garrett Olson, Chuck James and Daniel Herrera for a job as a second lefty in New York's bullpen -- a role that may or may not even exist. Now, it appears that Carson will rest and recover at least into mid-March, while the others continue to pitch and presumably gain an advantage.

Pitching almost exclusively as a starter at Double-A Binghamton last season, Carson finished 4-11 with a 5.05 ERA, allowing 154 hits in 128 1/3 innings.

Second-base prospect Reese Havens also sat out the team's first intrasquad game as he continues to recover from a bout of back stiffness. Though Havens said that "every day it's getting a little better," the oft-injured second baseman does not anticipate returning to action this weekend.