Glavine, Reyes out of All-Star Game
Veteran decides he won't be able to pitch after starting Sunday
NEW YORK -- What might have been a contingent of seven Mets All-Stars now is a set of three. Tom Glavine, who started for the Mets on Sunday against the Marlins, has withdrawn from the game, because he believes he will be unable to pitch Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
Shortstop Jose Reyes has excused himself as well because the Mets' doctors told him his left pinky, sliced open by a spike last Friday, will not be healed sufficiently by game time on Tuesday. He will be back in the lineup when the Mets resume their season in Chicago on Friday.
Glavine knew well before he was chosen that his final pre-All Star break start would have him pitching two days before the baseball's Midsummer Classic. He had no intention of pitching on Tuesday, but not until All-Star manager Phil Garner called on Sunday did the Mets pitcher withdraw.
Now, he, Reyes and Pedro Martinez are off the 32-player roster. Brewers pitcher Chris Capuano has replaced Glavine. Reyes' replacement is yet to be determined.
Glavine and Reyes, unlike Martinez, intend to attend the game at PNC Park.
"I don't want to miss my first one," Reyes said.
And Glavine, selected for the 10th time, said, "I don't want to miss my 10th."
"It's an honor. From what I've been told, not too many pitchers have gone 10 times. It's nice to be in that select group."
He is one of six pitchers to be named to an All-Star team 10 or more years. The others are Warren Spahn (14), Tom Seaver (12), Roger Clemens (11), Steve Carlton (10) and Randy Johnson (10).
"And I felt I should go because you have a responsibility once you're picked," Glavine said.
Glavine and Reyes will be in uniform and be introduced.
Billy Wagner, who was a candidate in the Monster 2006 All-Star Final Vote competition, could have been a seventh Met, but he wasn't elected. No matter, the Mets still will have three starters -- third baseman David Wright, catcher Paul Lo Duca and center fielder Carlos Beltran.
The Mets' contingent, reduced as it is but large because of family members traveling, was to fly to Pittsburgh on Sunday night in two private jets.
Wright is to participate in the CENTURY 21 Home Run Derby on Monday. He and his "pitcher," Lo Duca, worked together before the game on Sunday.
"It was OK. But he's not as good as he says," Wright said. "I think ESPN can have its commercial breaks in between the pitches he throws over the plate.
"I think he may be the first batting practice pitcher to get the hook in a Home Run Derby."
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.