Anxious Reyes, rehabbing in Florida, wants to get back with big club

Jose Reyes is hoping to return to the

Jose Reyes is hoping to return to the Mets in time for Spring Training. (Credit: Getty Images)

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Positive injury news is becoming increasingly scarce for the Mets, but Jose Reyes made significant progress Thursday and is anxious to return, even if it means he will perform at less than his optimum level.

"It's going to be hard for me to wait until I'm 100 percent. Maybe that doesn't happen this year," the rehabbing shortstop said before working out at the Mets' minor-league complex. "If I feel like I'm 80 percent and able to go, I'm going to play, because I don't know if 100 percent is going to be there this year."

In addition to taking fielding and batting practice, Reyes ran outside the basepaths in the grass from first to third and then back several times.

"Way better than before," he said about how he's feeling lately. "Two days ago was the first day I felt like I made progress in the past week. If everything goes well [yesterday] and [today], then by Saturday, I think I'll be running the bases. I don't know about full speed, but we're going to put something on it.''

Reyes, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 26 with right calf tendinitis, is encouraged by his recent progress and what that means in terms of his return to the team.

"It's great for me to feel like I'm getting better. Before I felt like I got better, but slow," Reyes said. "Now the pace is a lot better. Better for me knowing that I'm going to run the bases sooner than I thought."

The Mets' dire and puzzling injury situation has not made it any easier for all those working to get back to the team, Reyes said. "I've never seen anything like that on one team. So many injuries at the same time," he said. " . . . It's been a tough year for the organization. Hopefully, we can get some guys back and finish the season strong."

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