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Starling Marte scratched from Mets lineup after knee ‘flared up’ again

Outfielder Starling Marte was removed from the Mets’ starting lineup on Saturday as a precaution after aggravating a right knee problem.

The team’s starting right fielder did not play Saturday, but he also missed one game before the Mets’ trip to London earlier this month with the same symptoms.

“My knee is still a little swollen. [Friday] “Not again,” manager Carlos Mendoza said before the Mets’ 5-1 win over the Padres on Saturday at Citi Field. “I’m not too worried. He should be able to come off the bench, but we’re just going to wait and see for a day.”

Starling Marte did not play in the Mets’ 5-1 win over the Padres on Saturday. Getty Images

When asked if the injury is something that needs to be monitored regularly, Mendoza added: “It definitely needs to be monitored. We want to make sure this doesn’t become a long-term injury.”

He felt pretty good [Friday]I think he felt something more after he stole the base.

I checked with him after the game and he said he wanted to play, but [things] Be smart here and don’t force it.

Reports today are that he’s feeling a lot better, so that’s a good sign.”

Pitcher Kodai Senga, who has not pitched this season due to a tight right shoulder, threw his third bullpen session since suffering a triceps injury last month.

Mendoza said Senga threw 30 to 35 pitches, including two “up” or simulated innings.

“He threw about 15 pitches, kind of like two innings of bullpen time, and he felt good, so that’s a good sign,” Mendoza said. “He’ll probably throw one more pitch in the middle of next week, and then I think he’ll be able to move on to the next phase of facing hitters.”

Mendoza praised second-year catcher Francisco Alvarez’s defense since returning from the injured list.

“His leadership, his ability to communicate with the pitchers and all the coaching staff,” Mendoza said. “Obviously, his framing is really good and his arm can stop the running game, but I think just his ability to lead the pitchers and know when to make adjustments and give those guys confidence. So, for a guy that age, [22]that’s pretty impressive.”