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Despite injury, Floyd on Mets' roster for NLCS


NEW YORK -- Cliff Floyd remained on the New York Mets' roster for the NL championship series despite a strained left Achilles tendon.


The Mets did make one change Wednesday from the first round, dropping left-handed reliever Royce Ring and adding infielder Anderson Hernandez. That left them with 11 pitchers on the active roster for the start of the NLCS on Wednesday night against St. Louis.


Ring did not pitch in the three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hernandez hit .152 with one homer and three RBI in 66 at-bats this season.


"He had a nice little workout," manager Willie Randolph said after Floyd worked out Tuesday. "I'm optimistic it will work out fine."



Floyd had two stints on the disabled list this season for a sprained left ankle and left Achilles tendinitis. He re-injured his foot during the first-round clincher Sunday at Los Angeles when he ran hard to score from first on a double.



Floyd ran the bases and worked out in the outfield Tuesday as the team prepared for the NLCS opener. He favored his left leg during parts of the workout and was guarded about his condition afterward.



Floyd said his movement was "not great, but it hasn't been great for a while." He was asked if he could go in Game 1 and replied "anything's possible."



"It felt great swinging but the game is not just swinging," he said.



Floyd was limited to 97 games this season, batting .244 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. He hit 34 homers in 2005.



He did well in the first-round sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 4-for-9 with a homer and scoring three runs.



Floyd said he's concerned about being able to play the whole series against St. Louis if it should go seven games.



"I can't be messing around with [Randolph's] plans or messing around with the team," he said. "This is a way too important time to be in a position where you don't know or you're kind of iffy. It's going to be one way or the other."

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It is nice to have his bat on the bench for a late inning pinch hit. Let Gramps (aka Franco) take the first powerhitter pinch hit and save Big Cliff for the 9th. You can even pinch run for him if he knocks anything less then a dinger

I agree... Chavez maybe not a home-run hitter, but he sure as hell knows where to place it, and how to run

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