Notes: Gotay's MRI unconvincing

Notes: Gotay's MRI unconvincing

JUPITER, Fla. -- Ruben Gotay's sprained right ankle, which on Monday was thought to be possibly fractured, is indeed only sprained. Probably.

A reading of Gotay's CT scan on Tuesday revealed that an irregularity in his bone turned out to be the residue of a previous injury. Though the team wasn't completely convinced, sending the scan results to New York for further review, Mets assistant general manager John Ricco remained optimistic.

"Hopefully, that's good news," Ricco said.

Initial X-rays taken after Gotay injured the ankle on Sunday also came back negative, but doctors detected enough of an irregularity to schedule Tuesday's CT scan. Ricco said he expected full results of that scan to be available from New York on Wednesday.

Met-ical update: Tack one more Mets player onto the growing list of casualties. Minor League first baseman Michel Abreu, who has been logging significant playing time in place of the injured Carlos Delgado, strained his right hip flexor running into first base on Monday and is day-to-day. Fellow Minor Leaguer Daniel Murphy made his first spring start at first base on Tuesday in Abreu's absence.

As for Delgado, he spent Tuesday morning working out in a pool at the team's Minor League complex, continuing to recover from an impingement in his right hip. Neither the Mets nor Delgado have set a date for his return.

Ryan Church also worked out in a pool on Tuesday, hoping to be back on the field by Wednesday morning. He said he fell asleep at 6 p.m. ET on Monday night and woke up feeling free of symptoms from the Grade 2 concussion he suffered in a collision with second basebman Marlon Anderson on Saturday.

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Endy Chavez (left ankle) has been running the bases this week, and he expects to begin playing in Grapefruit League games by the weekend. Second baseman Luis Castillo (knees) said that he, too, would attempt to run the bases on Tuesday, in what he called his "final test" before attempting to play in a Spring Training game.

Take it outside: The Mets announced Tuesday that they have banned smoking at Shea Stadium this summer, in preparation for a similar ban at Citi Field.

Fans will have access to a single smoking area outside the stadium walls, but will not be allowed to smoke in any of Shea's concourses or ramps. The Mets originally banned smoking inside the seating bowl back in 1995, in accordance with New York City's Smoke-Free Air Act.

Coming up: Johan Santana makes his second -- and slightly less anticipated -- start of Spring Training on Wednesday in a 1:10 p.m. game against the Dodgers at Tradition Field. Scheduled to follow Santana to the mound are relievers Scott Schoeneweis, Joe Smith and Steven Register. Right-hander Brad Penny will start for Los Angeles.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.