Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Angel Pagan, who left Wednesday's game in the fourth inning with spasms and tightness in the middle of his back, hopes to return to the lineup Friday in Arizona -- provided he comes through the long flight to Phoenix OK. Pagan said he took a muscle-relaxing pill Wednesday night and only feels the back issue "a little bit" now.
Pagan told manager Terry Collins that he is available off the bench for Thursday's matinee series finale against the San Diego Padres.
"Much better than yesterday," Pagan said. "They gave me some muscle relaxer that helped a lot. He just wanted me to get some treatment because we've got a long flight to Arizona. I should be ready tomorrow -- and today if they need me later in the game."
In other news , Manny Acosta said the line drive that struck him in the right hand and cost him part of the nail on the pinkie did not result in a fracture. Acosta had an X-ray on Wednesday night.
Acosta was soaking the tip of the pinkie pregame Thursday to avoid infection.
Terry Collins said Acosta would have to be available for the series finale against the Padres because Bobby Parnell and Pedro Beato likely were too taxed recently to pitch. "We'll have to take a little blood on the ball," Collins joked about Acosta's missing fingernail.
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