Mets push Pelfrey's next start back 2 days

BY foxsports • July 17, 2010

The New York Mets are pushing Mike Pelfrey's next start to Monday after the right-hander complained of stiffness in his neck following a flight to San Francisco earlier in the week.

Pelfrey (10-4) was scheduled to pitch against the Giants on Saturday but will take the mound against Arizona instead. Hisanori Takahashi (7-3) will start on Saturday.

''It's two times better than yesterday,'' Pelfrey said Friday. ''I'm not too worried about it. You like the extra rest. It's well needed.''

Pelfrey hasn't pitched since giving up four runs and 12 hits in four innings in a 4-0 loss to Atlanta on July 10.

All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes was kept out of the lineup again because of pain in his right side. He participated in batting practice Friday after taking 30 swings in an indoor batting cage. Manager Jerry Manuel said the earliest Reyes will play is Sunday, against a left-hander.

On Friday, the Mets recalled infielder Justin Turner from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned infielder-outfielder Nick Evans to Double-A Binghamton.

Turner hit .297 with nine doubles, three home runs and 16 RBIs in 42 games for Buffalo, splitting time between second base and shortstop. He joined the Bisons on May 25 after being claimed off waivers from Baltimore.

This will be Turner's second stint at the major league level this season. He appeared in five games with the Orioles from April 12-23, going hitless in nine at-bats before being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Evans went hitless in two pinch-hitting appearances for the Mets after being recalled on July 9 from Binghamton. He hit .290 with 24 doubles, 15 home runs and 46 RBIs in 77 games with Binghamton this season and was selected to the Eastern League All-Star team earlier this month.