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Easley Plays Long Ball

The Mets offense got a boost from an unlikely source yesterday when Damion Easley hit a 3 run homer off of Arizona closer Jose Valverde to cap a Mets rally in the ninth and give New York a 9-4 victory over the Diamondbacks in the opener of a four game weekend series. David Wright also went deep for the Mets who came back from a 4-3 deficit in the ninth.

Easley was in there as a replacement for Jose Valentin who is on the DL with a partially torn ACL. Valentin has opted to rehab the ACL instead of surgery. His thinking is that if he has surgery he will be out the rest of this season and that’ll give him problems getting a job in 2006 should the Mets not exercise his option. On the other hand the rehab route should see him playing again in June provided there are no setbacks. The knee may not be fully healed but it will be strong enough to play and for him to show the Mets and other clubs that he can still play.

In other news the team DFAed Chan Ho Park who had a bad start in place of Orlando Hernandez the other day. Hernandez is on the DL and is expected to return next Thursday. That leaves at least one start and possibly two that will need to be covered until he gets back. The first of those starts is tomorrow and the rumors are that it will go to either reliever Aaron Sele or minor leaguer Jorge Sosa. Sosa had a lousy year last year going 3-11 with a 5.42 ERA while splitting time with Atlanta and St. Louis but is enjoying a fantastic start at triple A New Orleans this year. I think it’ll be Sosa as the Mets will try to ride his streak but I’d feel more comfortable with Sele.

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