With both likely to return, the starting pitchers for the Mets and Braves should be wary as the teams resume a three-game series at Shea Stadium.
New York was missing four regulars from its lineup, but collected 13 hits in a 10-6 win over Atlanta in the Mets’ home opener.
Cliff Floyd (quadriceps), Piazza (elbow), Jose Reyes (hamstring) and Karim Garcia (finger) each missed the game for the Mets. Floyd and Reyes are on the disabled list, but Piazza and Garcia are expected to play Wednesday.
Piazza, in particular, will be welcome. He is batting .320 with 32 home runs and 92 RBIs in 440 career at-bats against Atlanta. He’s batting .429 (6-for-14) with two home runs against Braves starter John Thomson.
Piazza, making his first start at first base, was injured after a collision with a runner against the Montreal Expos on Sunday.
“It shouldn’t be much more than a day or two,” he said. “I’m fine. I just feel like I’ve been kicked around a bit.”
Atlanta was missing three injured regulars from the starting lineup Monday: Jones (strained right hamstring), shortstop Rafael Furcal (strained lower back) and first baseman Adam LaRoche (sore foot). LaRoche later entered the game and went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Braves manager Bobby Cox hopes all three can return Wednesday. Jones has excelled against the Mets, batting .345 with 32 home runs and 93 RBIs in 469 career at-bats.