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Brian Bannister


Bannister will make his next rehabilitation start for Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, as he tries to come back from a strained right hamstring to give the Mets more pitching depth. The right-hander has not pitched since April 26.


Bannister is returning to extended spring training to rehabilitate the right hamstring he hurt April 26 while running the bases in San Francisco. The Mets' rookie had left a start for Triple-A Norfolk after only five pitches Thursday with tightness in the hamstring, but tests failed to reveal a new or more serious injury.


Bannister left a rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk after only five pitches Thursday due to tightness in his right hamstring. The Mets' rookie right-hander has been on the disabled list nearly three weeks and was expected to make one more rehab start before returning to the New York rotation. Now he will undergo an MRI exam on Friday before the Mets have any sense of when he might return.


The New York Mets placed Bannister on the 15-day disabled list Friday for the strained hamstring he suffered running the bases in his Wednesday start. The 25-year-old right-hander was diagnosed as having a Grade I strain -- the most mild.


Bannister suffered a strained right hamstring running the bases Wednesday, during the sixth inning of the New York Mets' 11-inning victory over the San Francisco Giants. The Mets' rookie right-hander came up lame approaching third base, hobbled towards home, fell to the ground after crossing the plate and left the game.


Bannister allowed one earned run and three hits, striking out one, to earn his first major league win in the Mets' 7-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.


Bannister, son of former big league lefty Floyd, beat out Aaron Heilman for the Mets' fifth-starter job and will make his major league debut on April 9 against Florida. The 25-year-old rookie was 13-5 with a 2.74 ERA in 26 starts for Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Norfolk last season.