This begs the question, what do the Mets do with him when Carlos Beltran comes off the disabled list?
Beltran has yet to start his rehab assignment on June 16th, but the Mets are hoping to have Beltran back by mid- July and when he does come back manager Jerry Manuel has a tough decision to make.
Right now the Mets have a good problem. Does Manuel move Pagan to right field and bench Jeff Francoeur? Does he bench Angel Pagan and get some late game spark off the bench? Does he use Francoeur and Pagan in a platoon?
Many Mets fans don’t really want to see Beltran come back. Don’t get us wrong, we love Beltran and think he is an outstanding player, but I don’t want anything to break up this team and the momentum they have going.
Last month the decision was an easy one. Francoeur was struggling so badly but now his average is up to an impressive .271 before Wednesday night’s game. With the way Francoeur plays defense, it would make sense to keep him in there as much as possible.
Whatever decision Manuel makes, it’s not going to be a popular one. But it could be worse Mets fans. We could be looking for someone to play the outfield, not someone to bench!