Howard Johnson can rest easy. Despite a minor shake-up in the coaching staff, and the promise of more changes to come, the Mets have no plans to speak with Rudy Jaramillo about a possible job in Flushing, a team official said Wednesday.
Jaramillo, 59, turned down the Rangers' one-year offer to return as hitting coach and suggested that he would seek more stable employment elsewhere. Jaramillo, who spent 15 years with Texas, is widely respected for his knowledge of hitting and is often consulted by players outside the organization.
General manager Omar Minaya has a good relationship with Jaramillo and he was twice interviewed for positions with the Mets, including as a replacement for fired manager Art Howe in 2004. While Jaramillo impressed the Mets, he was passed over for Willie Randolph, and the team has no intention of putting him on Jerry Manuel's staff.
Johnson remains very popular with Mets management and was never in any danger of losing his job this season. The club does, however, have other openings after Sandy Alomar Sr. was removed as bench coach and first-base coach Luis Alicea was fired. Third-base coach Razor Shines also will be given other duties for 2010.
Reyes' surgery Thursday. The Mets announced Jose Reyes will undergo surgery Thursday in Dallas to clean up the scar tissue from his torn accessory hamstring tendon behind his right knee. The operation will be performed by Dr. Daniel E. Cooper and the Mets expect Reyes to be ready for spring training.