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Mets’ Henderson Sick to Stomach

October 13, 1999

ATLANTA (AP) _ New York Mets outfielder Rickey Henderson was taken out of Wednesday’s playoff game with the Atlanta Braves in the middle of the second inning with nausea and light headedness.

Henderson was lying on his back in the runway behind the Mets’ dugout with ice packs on his head before coming to bat in the second inning. He complained to manager Bobby Valentine that he was feeling effects from the stomach flu.

Henderson was late to the on-deck circle before coming to bat with runners on second and third and two out. He hit a grounder in the hole between first and second that second baseman Bret Boone fielded on the outfield grass and threw to pitcher Kevin Millwood to just catch Henderson.

Henderson, who is 0-for-6 in the series, jogged down the baseline with a pained expression on his face. He went out to play left field in the bottom of the inning but looked ill.

He slowly went after two hits to left field and didn’t engage in his usual banter with the fans.

In an unusual sight during the inning, Melvin Mora played catch with Matt Franco in the dugout to loosen up his arm as the Mets were apparently concerned about Henderson.

With two runners on and a 2-0 count on Walt Weiss, Valentine and trainer Fred Hina ran out to check on Henderson. Center fielder Darryl Hamilton and right fielder Roger Cedeno also came over to check on their teammate’s health.

After a brief discussion, Henderson was taken out of the game and replaced by Mora.

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