Bajaras back in Mets' lineup

Bajaras back in Mets' lineup

NEW YORK -- One day after Henry Blanco replaced him -- and outshined him -- in a walk-off victory Saturday, injured catcher Rod Barajas returned to the Mets' lineup against the Giants.

Barajas, who suffered a left index finger bruise when Eli Whiteside's bat smacked him in the mitt on a catcher's interference play Friday, could grip a bat Sunday and swing without issue.

"We felt even yesterday that he could play, but we didn't want to have any setbacks with that type of thing," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said prior to Sunday's game. "I feel pretty good about him."

Even Friday, the pain did not affect Barajas too much. Feeling he would be able to take one good swing before his finger went numb, Barajas sat on a Sergio Romo slider and hit it over the wall for a walk-off home run.

Subbing for Barajas the following day, Blanco followed suit with a walk-off homer of his own in the 11th. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that marked the first time in Major League history that a team's catchers -- either the same or different catchers -- had hit walk-offs on consecutive days.

After Sunday's game, though, Barajas reported a bit of discomfort behind the plate, particularly on pitches that forced him to rotate his glove thumb-side up. His left index finger, though no longer discolored, remained noticeably swollen.

"It's like you have a bruise and 220 times a game, somebody walks up and pushes it," Barajas said. "I felt it pretty much the whole game. But it's what we do."