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Mets Q&A: Eric Valent

Eric Valent homered on Apr. 11.

Art Howe had no idea who Eric Valent was -- other than some guy wearing No. 57 -- when he first reported to Port St. Lucie this spring. <P> A long-shot from the get-go, Valent impressed the Mets with his bat and glove during the Grapefruit League season, making the team after the club dealt Timo Perez and Roger Cedeno. <P> Now, with Cliff Floyd and Karim Garcia nursing injuries, Valent is hoping to make the big-league impact he missed in previous stints with the Phillies and Reds.

Mets Inside Pitch: You made your first start as a Met (Wednesday), playing right field on a soggy, miserable night here at Shea. What was that experience like for you? Eric Valent: It was nice to get the spot start, and I wish we'd done a little bit better as a team, but there's plenty of season left. It's good to be able to fill in while some guys are hurt - Karim (Garcia) will be healthy soon...

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