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05/29/08 9:42 AM ET

Mets may pursue veteran Hatteberg

With Anderson injured, club looking for left-handed hitter

NEW YORK -- Should the Mets determine their primary left-handed pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson will require an extended assignment to the disabled list, they may move to add veteran Scott Hatteberg, who was designated for assignment by the Reds on Tuesday.

The club already has discussed the possibility, and if Hatteberg clears waivers, it could act quickly.

The Reds moved Hatteberg to accommodate prospect Jay Bruce on their big league roster. They have 10 days to trade, waive or release Hatteberg, a 14-year veteran first baseman. Hatteberg was a primary figure in the book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game" because of his patient approach as a batter.

The emergence of two prospects, Bruce and Joey Votto, had made Hatteberg, 38, a reserve player with the Reds. He was batting .173 with a .262 on-base average and .231 slugging percentage in 61 plate appearances.

He was in his third season with the Reds, having played previously with the Red Sox and A's, beginning in 1995.

Anderson, a favorite of Mets manager Willie Randolph, tore a muscle in his left leg running the bases on Friday. On Wednesday, he said he had torn the muscle off the bone, but that he had been told the injury might not require an extended recovery period.

"They told me it's not an important muscle," Anderson said. "It doesn't have to be repaired. You don't need it. It's the muscle they'll take and use to replace a ligament in your knee. So it's not as bad as it sounds."

Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.