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Mets battered by injuries to Putz, Reyes, Delgado

The New York Mets opened a 10-game trip Thursday without three key players due to injuries: shortstop Jose Reyes, reliever J.J. Putz and first baseman Carlos Delgado.

Putz, a former Seattle Mariners closer, had a cortisone shot to alleviate inflammation in his right elbow, and the Mets are increasingly concerned about Delgado’s ailing hip. Reyes was out of the starting lineup for the opener of a four-game series at San Francisco because of a stiff right calf.

Reyes’ calf tightened up on him during the cross-country flight, the team said. He was scratched from the original lineup and replaced at shortstop by Alex Cora, who was set to bat second. Second baseman Luis Castillo moved into Reyes’ leadoff spot.

“Reyes could play, but having a tight calf we thought it best if we could give him a day if we could,” manager Jerry Manuel said in San Francisco. “Could he pinch hit? Sure. If there was an emergency, could he play? Sure. He’s one of the warriors on this team — he just needs to tone down his baserunning a little bit.”

Putz received an injection in New York and then joined the team in San Francisco.

Ump apologizes to Ordoñez

Umpire Paul Schrieber promptly issued an apology for placing his hand on Detroit slugger Magglio Ordoñez’s back and steering him toward the dugout during a heated confrontation Wednesday night.

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