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Don’t look for Paul Lo Duca to be behind the plate for the next two weeks. Prior to Sunday’s game the Mets placed Lo Duca on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. While rest is in Lo Duca’s best interest, since he’ll be more valuable as a healthy catcher in September than a banged up player in the final month of the season, it doesn’t mean he has to be happy about it (via the Times):

“I probably could play through it,” said Lo Duca, who anticipated playing in some rehabilitation games. “That’s not the issue. Willie sat down and they decided they wanted to put me on the D.L. because they don’t want me to keep reinjuring it.”

Manager Willie Randolph had different ideas and felt it best to err on the side of caution.

” “Chavy was supposed to be out, what, a couple weeks?” Randolph said, referring to Endy Chávez, who has been on the disabled list since June 7 with a strained left hamstring. “He’s out three months.”

Lo Duca is scheduled for an MRI today and if all is well he should be back behind the plate on August 27th, when the Mets open up a four game series at Citizens Bank Park against the Phillies. Ramon Castro exited yesterday’s game in the third inning with pain in his lower back, so Lo Duca might be missed more than originally thought. Castro is listed as day-to-day and if he does miss any time, look for Mike DeFelice to take the starting catcher job until Castro is able to return.

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