Reyes must run bases before playing rehab games

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Jose Reyes LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets takes batting practice prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Photo Credit: Getty/Jeff Gross

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Rehabbing Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, who has been on the disabled list since May 26 with right calf tendinitis, still has some hurdles to overcome before rejoining the Mets.

Reyes, who is working out in Port St. Lucie, Fla., has yet to run the bases, a necessary step before he can begin playing again, according to manager Jerry Manuel.

"Right now, he is still progressing," Manuel said Tuesday. "He has yet to get on the bases. Once he gets to that point, a day or so after that, he'll probably play in a [rehab] game."

While in Port St. Lucie, Reyes has made progress - he is taking batting and fielding practice, as well as running in the grass outside the basepaths - but he still has yet to test his leg around the bases at full speed.

 

Bully for Cora

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Reyes' replacement, Alex Cora, had a scary collision in the eighth inning Monday night as he attempted to chase down a fly ball in foul territory near third base and slid into the tarpaulin.

Manuel said Cora, who is playing with a torn ligament in his right thumb, is fine, but given the injury epidemic the organization has endured this season, Manuel couldn't help but wonder about the worst.

"I was very concerned when he went in and didn't get up immediately. A lot of things flashed in my head at that point," Manuel said. "Playing with a torn ligament in his thumb and running into the tarps and giving the effort he's given, it's been quite impressive. He should be highly applauded for that."

 

Delgado rehabs with big club

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Carlos Delgado, who rejoined the team during the homestand to continue rehabbing his right hip, worked out on the field Tuesday, taking batting practice and fielding ground balls.

 

Extra bases

Jeff Francouer was hit on the left hand by a Jason Marquis pitch but said he was OK.

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