Some thrill-seekers took their twists and turns right side up and upside down on the Thunderbolt ride’s orange tracks beyond the outfield fence at MCU Park. Inside the fence, a player who could possibly give the Mets’ moribund offense a thunderbolt of energy was working again at this Coney Island beachfront property.
Jose Reyes batted first, manned third and played five innings for Brooklyn Thursday night against Vermont in his first rehab game after straining his left oblique on July 26. The 33-year-old switch hitter walked and stole second his first two times up, igniting a two-run Cyclones rally the second time. He flied out in his third and final at-bat.
Most importantly, Reyes said: “I don’t feel anything right now.”
The Mets had planned for him to begin playing Tuesday, but he was still feeling some discomfort swinging righthanded. Reyes only hit lefty against righty pitching during this game, but he did take a round of batting practice from the right side and hit some soft tosses in the cage. He reported no problems.
The game plan is for Reyes to play longer at third Friday night against West Virginia and then move over to short Saturday night. But he said, “If I feel I’m ready to go [after one more game], I’ll tell them I’m ready to go.”
His season began with a domestic violence suspension through the end of May when he was with Colorado. He then started 14 games at third and two at short with the Mets after playing two games in Brooklyn and nine with Binghamton. The Mets could use him at short with Asdrubal Cabrera out because of a strained patellar tendon.
Reyes, though, was hitting .239 when he got hurt.
“It’s tough,” Reyes said. “Nobody said it’s going to be easy. I know that I missed a lot of time. I’ve only played 16 games in the big leagues this year. But I’ve been working so hard. If I continue to work hard, I know the results are going to come.”
Bad results have been coming for the Mets. Terry Collins ripped their effort earlier in the day after Arizona finished a sweep with a 9-0 win, dropping them to 57-57.
“I know they’re going through some tough times right now,” Reyes said. “I just want to be there with my energy and with my positive talk, be there in the clubhouse for them.”