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Mets’ Alfonzo Out With Back Strain

May 30, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Mets second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo left New York’s game against Philadelphia on Tuesday night after the fourth inning with lower back soreness.

Alfonzo, who has a history of back problems, complained of tightness in his back after Monday’s game. He was examined by back specialist Dr. Tom Ehrico Tuesday and was told that he had a strain of the facet joint in the lower back, but he should be able to play.

``When I swing to far I feel a pull,″ said Alfonzo, who was 0-for-2 in the game. ``With the treatment I have, I should be fine.″

Alfonzo is batting .250 with eight homers and 19 RBIs. He is listed day to day.

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