Mets prospect sidelined by back soreness

New York Mets infield prospect Reese Havens has been sidelined

by a sore back and probably won’t participate in spring training

until the weekend.

Manager Terry Collins said Havens, a first-round draft pick in

2008, told him Tuesday that the back had been sore for a few days.

Collins said the setback is frustrating for both the team and the

25-year-old Havens.

Havens hit .289 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 58 games with

Double-A Binghamton last season. He was the 22nd overall pick in

2008 after batting .359 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs as a junior at

South Carolina.