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MLB Injury News:
The New York Mets were without the services of John Buck yesterday. The 33-year old catcher got the day off after battling leg cramps heading into this weekend. He will continue to be evaluated, but tthe Mets plan to use him today.
Chris Iseman of MLB.com says Buck initially started cramping up during Friday night's game, but he chose to stay in. Buck was held out of yesterday's game which Buck expected, but he should play today. Manager Terry Collins doesn't want to take any chances with the 10-year veteran, but said on Saturday that Buck would be back in the lineup for today's matchup.
"I'm a little leery sometimes, when the cramping starts. I make sure they have 24 hours, get some fluids in," Collins said yesterday. "That's why I decided to catch Recker. I'll catch John again tomorrow."
Buck is struggling this year, but he's never been known to have a great bat. In 78 games, he is hitting .221/.286/.398. Buck is a solid defensive catcher, so he generally gets the work despite being a light-hitter. That's been the case most of his career.
Buck has played for the Royals, the Marlins, the Blue Jays, and now the Mets. In his career, he is a .234/.301/.404 hitter. He's certainly not lighting the world on fire by any means, but he's got value. The Mets will want him healthy as much as he can be.
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