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Doug Mientkiewicz


On Monday, Mientkiewicz missed his 15th game since going on the disabled list July 31, retroactive to July 26. Mientkiewicz hit about 50 pitches in the cage before the Kansas City Royals' game on Monday, and then took some light batting practice and fielding work. There's no date for a possible return.


Doug Mientkiewicz was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 26, with a low back strain.


Mientkiewicz returned to the lineup Sunday after missing three games with a sore back.


The Mets declined to exercise a $4 million option on Mientkiewicz for 2006, opting to pay a $450,000 buyout instead.


The Mets activated Mientkiewicz from the 15-day disabled list on Friday. The first baseman, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, is hitting .246 with 11 home runs in 75 games for the Mets this season.


Mientkiewicz, who recently missed three weeks with a strained right hamstring, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Mets yet again, this time with a bruised lower back. The first baseman will be replaced on the roster by infielder Kaz Matsui.


Mientkiewicz was back in the New York Mets' starting lineup Saturday after being removed from the 15-day disabled list.


Mientkiewicz, who injured his right hamstring in the on-deck circle Saturday, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday by the New York Mets. An MRI exam on Sunday revealed a slight tear in his hamstring. The 31-year-old first baseman said the injury felt like "someone shot him." He was batting .219 with nine homers and 24 RBI in 62 games.


Mientkiewicz missed the entire Houston series during the week, still bothered by a strain in his pectoral muscle and rib cage. The Mets' first baseman felt better on Thursday, and he took batting practice and fielded grounders without problems. He could be back in the New York lineup Friday for the interleague series opener with the Angels.


Due to discomfort in his chest, Mientkiewicz was absent from the New York Mets' lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Houston Astros. Precautionary X-rays have revealed a bruised right pectoral muscle and a bruised rib on his right side. The first baseman, who suffered the injuries when he collided with the wall while chasing a foul ball on Sunday, has been listed as day-to-day.


Mientkiewicz took an Al Leiter pitch deep to right field with the bases loaded in the second inning of Thursday's victory over the Florida Marlins to record the first grand slam of his major league career. The normally light-hitting Mets first baseman has two homers in his last three games.

Known more for his defensive skills than his power at the plate, Mientkiewicz has just 47 home runs in 708 career major league contests. He is batting .278 with three homers and 10 RBI in 16 games this season.