MIAMI -- It was after his first at-bat -- a groundout to second in the first inning -- that Angel Pagan started to feel dizzy.

In the fifth, Pagan told head trainer Ray Ramirez that he needed to come out of the game, and Ramirez proceeded to alert manager Terry Collins.

"I was in the outfield, and I felt like I wanted to sit down in the outfield, because I just felt like my body was getting very heavy," Pagan said. "I just had to tell the trainer about it, because I wasn't feeling that well."

Pagan exited in the bottom of the fifth, replaced by Jason Pridie, and was checked by a doctor.

Pagan did not require an IV and believes he should be fine for Monday's game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

"I've been drinking since I came out of the game, so that's enough for me," he said. "Right now I feel much better. Hopefully tomorrow I feel fine."

Murphy has been a vital cog in Mets' lineup

MIAMI -- His 0-for-4 performance on Saturday night aside, Daniel Murphy has been swinging a hot bat.

Murphy, 26, entered Sunday's series finale against the Marlins 10th in the National League with a .303 average, and has six homers and 42 RBIs in 79 games.

He singled in his first bat and executed a successful sacrifice bunt in his second plate appearance.

Until David Wright's return from the disabled list on Friday, Murphy hit primarily in the cleanup spot, from which he hit .307 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 136 at-bats. He has hit in 10 of his last 13 games.

"Two years ago, Dan Murphy was a big part of this team offensively and defensively," manager Terry Collins said. "Had he not injured his knee last year, he would have been the first baseman here ... all year long."

After battling through a right knee sprain during Spring Training last year, Murphy sustained a high-grade tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during a Minor League game, an injury that kept him sidelined the rest of the season.

Ike Davis took over at first in Murphy's absence.

With Wright back in the lineup, Murphy has been pushed down a spot, to fifth, but his skipper knows that doesn't bother him. Murphy has also moved across the diamond to first base.

"One thing Dan Murphy is is a baseball player. He'll do whatever you ask him to do. That's why he's played multiple positions," Collins said. "He wants in the lineup. He doesn't care what spot in the batting order or what position it is. He just wants to play. He wants to win. He plays to win."

Collins tired of trade talk

MIAMI -- There's a week to go until the non-waiver Trade Deadline, and manager Terry Collins can't wait for it to come and go.

Collins has had several players ask him about rumors, and he believes such rumors have had an effect on the team.

"It's human nature. I try to ignore a lot of it, but if you pay attention and you're out there listening, they're all sick of it," Collins said. "They want to play, and I don't think it's a distraction once the game starts, but the whole focus is what's going to happen on Saturday or Sunday, and not on the team."

Collins has told the players who approached him to see it as a positive thing. Teams in the playoff hunt are shopping for value during the stretch run.

The skipper also said he doesn't ask general manager Sandy Aldersen about the latest talk because he feels like it's not part of his job.

"It wears me out. I have enough on my mind to figure out the batting order and how to get these guys going. I can't worry about who's not going to be here," Collins said.

"I'm worn out by the conversation, and I know it's all part of the game, all part of my job, all part of your jobs to ask the questions that have to be asked and have to be answered. Most of the time we have not one time talked about the games. It's been about peripheral stuff. It wears you out."

Worth noting

Manager Terry Collins thought that Jose Reyes' stolen base in Saturday night's game was a "big step for him."

"I do believe that he is right now completely healthy," Collins said. "I factor in weather and a lot of things, but I've got to trust him. He and I talked about how he can't miss another two weeks. He's too important to us. There's a time when we're going to give him time off during one of these stretches."