Floyd leaves game with injury
Left fielder aggravates left Achilles' tendon in Saturday's win
NEW YORK -- Cliff Floyd said he will have his left Achilles' tendon examined on Sunday morning after he aggravated it during the first inning of the Mets' 4-3 comeback win against the Phillies on Saturday.
"I'm a little worried," said Floyd, who spent most of June on the disabled list after he sprained his left ankle running the bases against the Dodgers on June 7. "It's been a chronic thing, and it's not something I want to have to deal with personally and for the team's sake. I have to be smart and let [manager] Willie [Randolph] know, because if I can't play, I don't want to put them in that situation."
The Mets' left fielder said the ankle flared up initially when he raced for a foul ball during Aaron Rowand's at-bat. Rowand hit a fly ball down the line in left, which Floyd ran after, only to have the ball fall into foul territory. Floyd pulled up hard before stopping himself with his hand against the wall.
Later in the inning, Jimmy Rollins hit a bloop single that Floyd was unable to retrieve. With a man on and one out, Rollins slapped a pitch from Mets starter Tom Glavine to left-center that hung up in the air. Floyd hurried from his position in left but realized he would not be able to catch up to it and slowed to a stop. The 33-year-old outfielder picked the ball up and quickly threw it to second base. After the play, it appeared Floyd was favoring the leg as he gingerly walked back to left.
"You could see it tightened up on him," said Randolph. "It could be the weather. It cramped up on him. He's always had problems with it off and on."
Later that inning, when the Mets came to bat and after Jose Reyes scored on a single by Carlos Beltran, Endy Chavez pinch-hit for Floyd in the sixth spot in the batting order. Chavez would go on to hit a two-run double to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.
"It's outstanding what he did out there," said Floyd, who missed a game on July 30 in Atlanta because of his ankle. "He picked me up and he picked the team up. I had told Willie after I came into the dugout to take me out, because I knew I wasn't going to be able to help the team. So it turned out good for us."
When Floyd played for the Marlins, he spent 60 days on the DL with a slight tear of his right Achilles' tendon.
Floyd had been on a recent hitting spree, having batted 7-for-16 with three doubles, a home run and six RBIs in his past five games. The 6-foot-4 outfielder is batting .245 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs this season.
Chris Girandola is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.