Jose Reyes had an MRI Wednesday that showed "significant scar tissue and inflammation behind the right knee," the Mets reported in a statement released last night.

The statement did not mention a prognosis, but there remains little reason for optimism regarding a 2009 return for the Mets shortstop, who has been out since mid-May. Reyes was originally supposed to miss one game with a sore calf; the injury moved to his hamstring and has left him unable to run.

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The Mets stated that the scar tissue and inflammation is "related to the hamstring tendon injury, which has caused continued pain. Reyes will remain in New York for manual physical therapy in an effort to break up the scar tissue and reduce the inflammation."

Reyes had been rehabbing in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and was hoping to return to the Mets by mid-August. He was examined by team physician Dr. Struan Coleman at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.