- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 24, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - The aches and pains are mounting for the New York Mets again.

Starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey and left fielder Jason Bay were placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, the latest round of bad news for a team beset by injuries to key players the past few years.

“It’s frustrating to lose a doubleheader one day and lose two players the next,” general manager Sandy Alderson said before the opener of a three-game series against Jose Reyes and the Miami Marlins.

Pelfrey had an MRI exam that showed swelling in his right elbow. Alderson said a torn ligament has not been ruled out, however, and the team does not have a final diagnosis yet. The pitcher will get a second opinion.

Alderson said even the most conservative course of treatment would probably sideline Pelfrey at least two to four weeks.

The big right-hander allowed just one run over eight innings Saturday against San Francisco in what appeared to be a very encouraging outing after he struggled to a 7-13 record and 4.74 ERA last season.

“Certainly durability has been a hallmark of Mike’s in pitching for the Mets over the years and something we’ve come to rely on, but this is part of the reality of pitching as we know it,” Alderson said. “We’re certainly hopeful that he’ll be back in a reasonable period of time.”

Pelfrey has no record and a 2.29 ERA after three starts. He said he often felt “a little grab” in his arm on his first pitch of an inning Saturday, but then it would go away. He figured it was just tendinitis.

“I feel good,” Pelfrey said. “I’ve never been on the DL and I take more pride than anything in taking the ball every five days.

“I’m not scared,” he added. “My biggest thing is, I don’t really know what to do with myself.”

Bay broke a rib on his left side trying for a diving catch during Monday’s doubleheader sweep by San Francisco. The Mets said an MRI exam showed a nondisplaced fracture, and there is no timetable for Bay’s return.

“We’ll know more in a week to 10 days, and see how he’s responded to the initial period,” Alderson said.

It’s the latest setback for Bay during a disappointing and injury-plagued tenure with the Mets since signing a $66 million, four-year contract before the 2010 season. He was batting .240 with three homers and five RBIs.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” Bay said. “I felt like I was starting to get there.”

New York recalled infielder Zach Lutz from Triple-A Buffalo and left-handed reliever Robert Carson from Double-A Binghamton. Chris Schwinden is likely to get called up from Buffalo to take Pelfrey’s next turn in the rotation Friday at Colorado.

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