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MRI shows Mets' Reyes has scarring behind knee

5) Jose Reyes is ready to roll It's

5) Jose Reyes is ready to roll

It's hard to believe that Reyes is heading into his eighth season in the majors. For the 26-year-old shortstop, 2009 was a lost season, undone by calf and hamstring injuries. But Reyes has proclaimed that he will be 100 percent healthy for spring training. The Mets had better hope he's right.

His ability to get on base and make life miserable for opposing pitchers -- and to drive in runs from the leadoff spot -- makes him perhaps the Mets' most indispensable everyday player. With Jason Bay, David Wright and eventually Carlos Beltran behind him, Reyes must be the same table-setting threat who scored more than 110 runs each year from 2006-08.

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.

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.

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