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Carlyle day to day with back injury

Reliever feels tightness after covering first base
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CHICAGO -- Add another bullpen injury to the Mets' already lengthy list.

Right-hander Buddy Carlyle came out of Monday's 4-3 loss to the Cubs in Chicago after feeling his back tighten up as he covered first base in the seventh. Carlyle described the issue as "a little bit of spasms," saying after the game that he was unsure of its severity.

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CHICAGO -- Add another bullpen injury to the Mets' already lengthy list.

Right-hander Buddy Carlyle came out of Monday's 4-3 loss to the Cubs in Chicago after feeling his back tighten up as he covered first base in the seventh. Carlyle described the issue as "a little bit of spasms," saying after the game that he was unsure of its severity.

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"Maybe it was the cold -- I don't know," Carlyle said of a night that saw temperatures at Wrigley Field dip into the low 50s. "My hamstring's been bothering me for a while, but my back just kind of tightened up a little bit."

Carlyle, 37, owns a 5.63 ERA in 11 games for the Mets. He was making just his second appearance since April in the seventh inning Monday, walking Jorge Soler before retiring Starlin Castro on play that triggered his injury. The Mets, who are already without injured relievers Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Josh Edgin and suspended closer Jenrry Mejia, plan to see how Carlyle feels on Tuesday before forming any conclusions.

"We'll know more tomorrow, but he was pretty stiff when he came out," manager Terry Collins said.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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