Jose Reyes may be done for the season after the All-Star shortstop returned to New York and was examined Tuesday by team doctors because of "discomfort" in his right leg. The Mets did not immediately reveal the results of those tests and spokesman Jay Horwitz said they would not have a prognosis until Wednesday.
Reyes initially was placed on the disabled list May 26 with what was described as tendinitis behind the right calf. Only two days before his return from that injury, on June 3, Reyes suffered a "small" tear of his right hamstring tendon. That injury, more serious than the first, has kept Reyes perpetually stuck in the rehabilitation process.
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It is unclear if Reyes had reinjured himself in Port St. Lucie or is in too much pain to step up his efforts to return. As of last Friday, the Mets were hoping that Reyes would be ready to run the bases - something he had not done since injuring the hamstring tendon - but he never received the clearance to do so.
When asked last Friday about Reyes' slow progress, general manager Omar Minaya explained the delay by saying that Reyes has "good days and bad days." No one from the Mets would elaborate on the latest setback with Reyes.
"It wasn't one specific incident," Horwitz said. "It's an ongoing thing."
Reyes made it as far as simulated games in Port St. Lucie, where he did everything but run at full speed, the last hurdle to his return. Reyes even made cuts on the infield grass - staying out of the basepath dirt - but evidently that put too much strain on the leg.
Delgado runs, briefly
Carlos Delgado made good on his pledge to run Tuesday - but it was more like a jog. After stretching for a little while, Delgado did some light running, forward and backward, before stopping to chat with someone in rightfield. After that, it was back to his standard infield drills, and he was wearing his usual ice pack on the hip before declining comment on the workout.