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06/30/08 7:11 PM ET

Alou could rejoin Mets this weekend

Left fielder may come off the DL in time for series vs. Phillies

ST. LOUIS -- Moises Alou's greatest and most vocal fear when he injured his left calf three weeks ago was that the injury might keep him out for a great while.

Or maybe not.

Alou was scheduled to play in a rehab game for Class A St. Lucie on Monday, and though the game was postponed due to rain, Alou could still rejoin the Mets when they travel to Philadelphia this weekend.

Interim Mets manager Jerry Manuel said that he anticipated only two to three days of rehab for Alou before he would be ready to come off the disabled list.

"And then that makes it a real possibility, a real good chance that he could meet us in Philadelphia," Manuel said.

The two spoke on the phone on Sunday night, and Alou expressed both his optimism and his caution in rehabbing from this latest left calf strain. Originally straining the muscle in Atlanta last month, Alou returned to play one game for the Mets, leaving after a rain delay and complaining of extreme soreness the following day.

He had felt fine before then, which is mostly what still worries him now.

"The thing that he's concerned about is that it felt that way before," Manuel said of the calf. "He was feeling real good with it, and then obviously something cropped up that caused him to go down."

Should Alou indeed return this weekend, he could help rejuvenate an offense that scored five combined runs in its three most recent games. Alou was batting .347 in 49 at-bats before the injury, and drove in 49 runs in slightly more than half a season last year.

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