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Mets get good news on Reyes, Dickey

R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets pitches

R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets pitches against the New York Yankees during their game at Citi Field. (July 3, 2011) Credit: Getty

Although a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning off Mariano Rivera might have been the oddest sight at Sunday's edition of Yankees vs. Mets, the more rare occurrence likely was the Mets receiving positive injury news -- twice.

General manager Sandy Alderson said Jose Reyes has a Grade 1 hamstring strain (the least severe). He may be able to return in a few days but the Mets are taking it day-to-day; no mention was made of putting him on the disabled list. Alderson also said R.A. Dickey is expected to make his next start despite tightness in his left glute.

Dickey was removed for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth after throwing only 85 pitches. He didn't give up a hit until Robinson Cano doubled to lead off the fifth.

Dickey said his left leg slipped while he was throwing a pitch to Brett Gardner in the fourth. "My cleat overextended my stride a little bit,'' he said. "My weight got pushed out under my hip.''

Between the fourth and fifth, the area tightened up, and by the end of the fifth, it had begun to spasm.

"I wasn't going to do us any kind of service going back out there for the sixth,'' said Dickey, who left with the score tied at 1. "I wasn't going to go back out there with less than my best stuff and jeopardize us winning the game.''

He said the problem is similar to one he had in a July 25 start in Los Angeles last year. Dickey pitched 81/3 innings of shutout ball in his next start on three days' rest.

Extra bases

Outfielder Fernando Martinez was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to create room for Willie Harris, who was activated from the bereavement list. Martinez was 0-for-2 since he was called up June 30. Harris walked in the eighth as a pinch hitter.

With Ken Davidoff


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