New York Mets second baseman Wally Backman will be...

June 9, 1987

CHICAGO -- New York Mets second baseman Wally Backman will be out at least two weeks with a hamstring injury, Manager Davey Johnson said Tuesday.

Backman injured his left hamstring while running out an infield hit in the first inning of Monday's 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. ...

The Cubs have had 22 multi-homer games this season and have not gone more than two games without hitting a homer all season. ... New York catcher Gary Carter missed his third straight game Tuesday because of an injured toe.

'He can pinch-hit but at this point, if we use him, we'd have to pinch-run for him,' Mets Manager Davey Johnson said. ...

Mike Mason, pounded by the St. Louis Cardinals in his start Sunday, will get another start for the Cubs. 'Right now, with (Steve) Trout coming back, we can use Mason both in the bullpen or as a starter,' Manager Gene Michael said. 'We might start him against the Cardinals this weekend.' ... Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston has played with a bruised stomach since making a defensive play Sunday. 'I landed right on my hernia,' Dunston said, referring to a 1986 operation.

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