Jose Reyes Hamstring Injury is Minor

According to the MRI results, Jose Reyes has suffered a “grade one” hamstring strain — which is the most minor a hamstring strain can be.

Translation: that is good news. It means that Reyes will not go on the disabled list and should be back in the lineup in a few days. Of course, it also means he needs to be careful, not rush it, and not push it, so that it heals and doesn’t develop into something worse. And the way Reyes plays —
all out and running like a mad man — I hope that the Mets err way on the side of caution. In fact, if I were the Mets I’d just sit him down for the next nine days and through the All-Star break, to ensure he’ll be 100% when the second half of the season begins. Just one thing: Reyes is the starting shortstop for the National League.

What do you think? Should Reyes play on Tuesday if he’s feeling good? Should the Mets sit him down through this West Coast swing? It’s only 7 games. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.


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  1. Jeff July 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm
    I would say he’s day to day. Still feel that the Mets should fire their entire training and medical staff.
    If he’s unable to play during the Mets west coast swing, I would not let him play for the All-Star team. Let me be recognized and then watch from the bench.
    The team is more important that Selig’s All-Star game.
  2. gary s. July 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm
    Remember George Costanza on Seinfeld and the rule of opposites?Any decision George made in the past he would now do the opposite and it worked like a charm.Therefore, whatever the Met doctors tell Jose, he should do the exact opposite and maybe he can get through the rest of the season.
  3. Rob July 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm
    He should definitely not play in the ASG. He should also sit for about 7-9 days and just rest the leg. If he does anything more than that, shades of the last time he was injured in a “minor fashion” and then played into a much more serious injury.

    Hopefully, Collins has some common sense.

  4. Joe July 3, 2011 at 11:03 pm
    I think you are correct though if he starts right after the ASG, I’m not sure if it would matter much if he plays IN the ASG. He would play for a few innings, which would be an okay way to get back in the groove of things.
    • Murph July 4, 2011 at 10:14 am
      Right. Sit him the rest of the week and let the all-star game be his “rehab start”.
  5. David Howard's Nutsack July 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm
    None of this matters.

    1.) Jose will be ok.

    2.) The Mets aren’t going anywhere this year.

    3.) Sandy has his cover story all lined up because of this injury. He can either keep Reyes this year and lowball him OR he can deal him for some used marbles. Either way, Sandy lowers payroll for MLB/Wilpons and the apologists claim Reyes is injury prone.

    The reality is, anyone who was/is clamoring for Reyes to be brought back already knows about his injury history. We want him back DESPITE that.

    And now, that won’t happen. Guaranteed.

    • izzy July 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm
      Why does Sandy Alderson have this cult following? He signed a contract and slept through his first off season. He made one decent sign in the pitching staff and a lot of lousy signs. His big trade was for Hu. The team has played no better no worse than the club from last year. The lack of deterioration was due to back ups brought in by Minaya, as Alderson did nothing to address the depth problems. Yet he has this cult of pwople who act like he is the perfect humanoid or something. Give Collins credit for making this team hustle, but Alderson, gee, at least wait until he makes a real move.
      • Kevin July 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm
        ding! ding! ding! WE HAVE A WINNER!
      • CatchDog July 5, 2011 at 10:04 am
        So far, Sandy has added Capuano, Paulino, Beato, Young (nice risk anyway), Izzy and Byrdak, who hasn’t been that bad. Set up his front office, hired a new manager from outside the organization who seems to keep his players motivated. Revamped the minor league coaches, scouts and instituted a new philosophy from the lowest levels of the organization. Completed what most baseball experts are calling a solid draft and now signing the players. Sent Castillo and Ollie packing.

        This was done with little or no money as compared to the millions of dollars Omar spent the last five seasons on guys like Ollie Perez, Castillo, Alou and giving out 17 million dollar vesting options.

        If Sandy accomplished this while asleep, I can’t wait for him to be awake with some money to spend.

        • Steve S. July 5, 2011 at 10:47 am
          Great post! And Minaya left Maine in the rotation and signed Cora, too.

          Not to mention that Alderson didn’t overpay Takahashi and Feliciano by millions on multi-year contracts.

        • Doug718 July 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm
          Enough with the Sandy worship! Gee and Turner would be stuck in AAA and Murphy would be backing up Emaus if Sandy had his way. And if you take Reyes, Beltran and K-Rod off this team, we are the worst team in baseball or close to it. Sure Omar was awful but Sandy isn’t much better. Maybe you guys love him because he can “speak English?”
        • mike July 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm
          If “Sandy had his way”? So Sandy didn’t pull the plug on Emaus relatively quickly? Sandy made the right move giving him chances because Emaus was a rule 5 pick and Turner had options. Omar had Turner all last year burried in AAA and he never even sniffed the ML. He had Jacobs break camp and not Davis. Are you really arguing Sandy’s hand was forced in any direction with regard to 2nd base or the roster? So “Sandy’s way” isa losing ball club where decent players like Turner and Gee are burried at AAA? Because that sounds more like Omar’s way (because it was just last year). Heath Bell anyone!??? Bell would have never been treated as he was with Alderson. In fact didn’t Alderson work for the Padres when that deal was made? He is not stupid. You are.
  6. gary s. July 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm
    Alderson will have to replace K-thug, beltran and possibly reyes in the offseason and get a new closer and another starter.We will have plenty to judge him on next year at this time.Minaya and the Wilpons pretty much destroyed this franchise.If you want to be fair, you have to give him a couple of years to see how stuff shakes out imho.