Taking A Whirl With Cyclones
New York Mets right fielder Cliff Floyd made a detour in Brooklyn on a rehabilitation assignment last week before taking the field to face the New York Yankees in last weekend's Subway Series at Yankee Stadium when he came off the 15-day disabled list.
Floyd donned a Cyclones jersey last Thursday and played left field as Brooklyn faced the Aberdeen Ironbirds at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, the home of the Mets' Single A affiliate. The Cyclones lost 3-1 and Floyd was 0-2, including a fourth-inning walk. He hit into an inning-ending double play in his first at bat and struck out on three straight pitches in the seventh inning before being taken out of the game.
Before the game, Floyd signed autographs for several Cyclones' fans and bought his temporary teammates a spread of pasta, toasted bread, soda and bottled water.
Until Friday Floyd had been absent from the Mets' lineup since June 6 when he injured his left ankle. Floyd had been rehabbing with the Mets' Gulf Coast minor league team before he played with the Cyclones. While there he was 3-6 in two games as he hit a home run and had four RBIs.
Struggling at the plate this season, after Tuesday's game, Floyd was hitting .237 with only six homers and 19 RBIs. Last year, he had a career high 34 home runs. Neil S. Friedman