SAN FRANCISCO - Brian Bannister (strained right hamstring) hopes he can pitch Tuesday, but the Mets will start taking a close look at Triple-A Norfolk's rotation to fill any potential void. GM Omar Minaya named Darren Oliver - who picked up yesterday's win in relief - as a strong possibility, but Willie Randolph suggested it's more likely a Tides starter would be summoned.
If Bannister can't go, the Mets would have four options: John Maine (1-3, 2.62 ERA), Jeremi Gonzalez (1-2, 3.52), Jose Lima (2-2, 6.00) and Yusaku Iriki (1-1, 2.70). Maine, obtained with Jorge Julio for Kris Benson, is the only one of those pitchers on the 40-man roster, meaning no one would have to be exposed to waivers to promote him.
Randolph ruled out Aaron Heilman, saying: "I like the way our bullpen looks right now."