NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson was out of the lineup with a sore left calf Thursday night, leaving the slumping New York Mets without their cleanup hitter.
Granderson has been one of the few productive bats in the lineup lately, reaching base safely in 23 consecutive games. He was replaced in the outfield by Andrew Brown against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Granderson said his calf began to bother him a little bit Wednesday, though he went 2 for 3 with a double and played the entire game. He said he doesn't think it's anything serious and he hopes to start Friday night against San Diego.
"Still barking a little bit, so better to be safe than sorry and take a day here. Heard a lot of stories of guys trying to push through it and the reward isn't necessarily worth it," Granderson said. "I didn't feel anything negative. No pops, no snaps, no grabs, nothing like that. More just an annoyance and soreness right now."
The three-time All-Star took batting practice and said he should be available to pinch-hit.
The Mets were missing all three starting outfielders because of injuries. Center fielder Juan Lagares (ribcage) and left fielder Eric Young Jr. (strained right hamstring) are on the disabled list.
Brown played left field, with struggling Chris Young in center and 40-year-old Bobby Abreu in right. Daniel Murphy batted leadoff for the first time since May 26, 2013, according to STATS.
Mets manager Terry Collins said it's possible Murphy could become a fixture in the leadoff spot after batting second most of the season.
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