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Mike Piazza


Piazza left Monday's game in the fifth inning after being hit by a pitch in the right forearm. He is listed as day-to-day.


Piazza recorded his 2,000th hit in Friday's 8-2 loss to San Francisco. The Padres' catcher doubled to lead off the second inning and reach the milestone.


In his first game in a Padre uniform, Piazza went 2-for-3 and hit a grand slam off former teammate Armando Benitez on Sunday.


After getting hit on the left wrist by a wild pitch on Tuesday, Piazza did not play for the Mets on Wednesday against Philadelphia. The future Hall of Famer may start most of the final four games at home against Colorado, as they are likely Piazza's last games as a Met. He is batting .256 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 109 games this season.


While Piazza missed his third straight game on Tuesday, Mets manager Willie Randolph says the veteran catcher is likely to be in the New York lineup Wednesday night against Washington. The skipper said he probably would give Piazza the Thursday matinee off after returning to action Wednesday.


Piazza, who suffered a mild concussion when he took a Julian Tavarez fastball off the front of his batting helmet on Saturday, did not play for the Mets on Monday. He missed his second straight game, but is expected to return to the New York lineup on Tuesday.


In his first game back since breaking a bone in his left hand nearly a month ago, Piazza was forced to leave after taking a pitch off the front of his batting helmet in the eighth inning of Saturday's meeting with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets' catcher was able to walk of the field under his own power and reported feeling fine after the game. He will be re-evaluated on Sunday.


Piazza was in the starting lineup for the Mets' game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday after being activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day. Piazza had been sidelined since August 16 after breaking a bone in his left hand.


Piazza took batting practice on the field Thursday for the first time since breaking a bone in his left hand on August 16. The Mets' catcher will work behind the plate in the bullpen on Friday. Still, Piazza is at least a few days from returning to action.


Out with a broken bone in his left hand, Piazza has begun baseball activities in a push to return before the 2005 season ends. The Mets' catcher has taken some light swings and caught some light tosses as a first step to playing again.


Piazza will be sidelined until at least mid-September because of a broken bone in his left hand. It's possible that the Mets catcher is done for the season. A CT scan performed on Monday determined that Piazza, who was struck by a foul tip during a game on August 16 won't be ready until late September. He needs 4-6 more weeks for the injury to heal.


The swelling and soreness in Piazza's left hand continue to linger, so the New York Mets have decided to place the veteran catcher on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 17. Piazza, who suffered a hairline fracture of the pisiform bone in the hand when he was hit by a foul tip, will be replaced on the roster by Mike DiFelice. In 97 games this season, Piazza is batting .259 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI.


Piazza still has some swelling and soreness in his left hand, and the Mets expect him to miss a few more days as a result. The veteran catcher, who suffered a hairline fracture of the pisiform bone when he was hit on the hand by a foul tip during Tuesday's action, will be replaced behind the plate by Ramon Castro for the time being.


Tests have revealed that Piazza has a hairline fracture of the pisiform bone in his left hand, an injury suffered when he was hit by a foul tip in Tuesday's win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to Mets general manager Omar Minaya, the veteran catcher will be sidelined until the swelling in the hand goes down, which could be at least a couple of days.


Piazza finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, notching three hits and driving in five runs in Thursday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Mets' veteran catcher has homered in each of his last two games and has seven RBI over his last three contests.


The swelling has gone down and Piazza may avoid the disabled list, but his left wrist kept him out of the Mets' lineup on Thursday and he isn't expected to play Friday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Mets' catcher took a foul tip off his wrist Wednesday, just beneath his catcher's mitt. Piazza, who is batting .254 with six homers and 28 RBI this season, could be back before the weekend series is over.


Piazza was injured Wednesday when a foul tip caught him on the wrist just beneath his catcher's mitt. The wrist swelled and forced him out of the Mets' 4-1 loss to Houston after the top of the first inning. X-rays were negative, but the Mets' catcher is likely to miss a few games because of the swelling.


Since seeing his season batting average dip to a dismal .198 last week, Piazza has been on a tear at the plate. The Mets' veteran catcher is 8-for-19 (.421) with four home runs, 10 RBI and five runs scored over his last four starts.

Piazza has batted .314 for his major league career, but his averaged has steadily decreased over the past five seasons. This year, he is hitting just .238 with six home runs and 22 RBI in 29 games.


Piazza went into Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies with just one hit in his previous 21 at-bats. The Mets' catcher broke out of his minor slump by going 4-for-5 with a three-run homer and two runs scored. With the performance, Piazza saw his season batting average improve from .198 to .231.

In 25 games this year, Piazza has seven doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI. Defensively, he's thrown out just 4 of 27 basestealers.