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Despite Losing 11 Lbs. From Flu, Mets' Mike Pelfrey Ready To Start Friday

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey says he lost 11 pounds in recent days while sick but wants to make his next scheduled start Friday against the Phillies.

Pelfrey threw a bullpen session Wednesday and said he "felt fine."

"I'm just going to get better the next two days," he said. "I don't think it's going to get any worse. I'll be ready to go on Friday."

Just in case Pelfrey isn't, Mets manager Terry Collins wants Dillon Gee prepared to start instead.

Collins said Pelfrey — 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA — had a "flu bug." Collins says he's going to make sure Pelfrey is OK before starting him.

"I'm going to make sure that he's feeling okay before I run him out there," said Collins. "He said he's feeling fine, he's feeling better. So we just wanted to protect ourselves."

"Pushing him back certainly is always a consideration," said pitching coach Dan Warthen. "The idea was that if we are worried in any way, shape or form that he's not ready to go 100 pitches, then we would give him maybe a time or two in the bullpen, then start him next Tuesday or Wednesday."

Pelfrey says he's only been eating one meal a day since Sunday.

Should "Big Pelf" drag himself to the mound, or does he need some rest? Sound off below...

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