Manuel: Reyes to bat third in series in St. Louis

New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel, left, talks New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel, left, talks with shortstop Jose Reyes during batting practice before a spring training baseball game. (March 31, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

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DENVER - Jerry Manuel plans to try Jose Reyes at the No. 3 spot in the lineup at some point during the series in St. Louis this weekend and spoke to his shortstop before last night's game about it. Now that Angel Pagan has a grip on the centerfield job, Manuel would like to use him at leadoff and make Reyes more of a run producer.

"With Pagan playing a little bit more, I think it gives us an opportunity to see Jose in that spot, possibly in St. Louis," Manuel said.

Reyes said Tuesday that he wanted to get comfortable at the plate before signing off on the switch and expected Manuel to give him that chance. Reyes had two hits and two strikeouts in Tuesday's 11-3 loss to the Rockies.

He was hitting .308 (4-for-13) with a double in three games back from the disabled list and Reyes easily picked up his first stolen base in the first inning last night. With the Rockies' infield shifted for Mike Jacobs, Reyes cruised into third with no one covering.

Mejia back to minors?

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With the rotation having the possible need for another starter, the Mets have had internal discussions about sending down Jenrry Mejia to stretch him out as a potential replacement. For now, though, it looks like he will stay in the bullpen.

Extra bases

The Blue Jays claimed minor-league 3B Shawn Bowman off waivers . . . RHP Clint Everts cleared waivers and was outrighted to Binghamton.

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