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Reyes eager to return to field

Jose Reyes of the New York Mets during

Jose Reyes of the New York Mets during practice at Citi Field. (July 14, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes is more than 1,700 hits behind his counterpart across town, but he has one thing very much in common with Derek Jeter — Reyes wants to play the moment he is ready to come off the disabled list. General manager Sandy Alderson said Reyes might not be activated when he is eligible Monday, but the top hitter in the National League said his hamstring is feeling good.

Reyes ran well the past three days and said he plans to run hard in a straight line Saturday before the Mets' second game of their weekend series with the Phillies at Citi Field. On Sunday, Reyes will try running hard around the bases, and if he passes that test, he'll consider himself ready.

“It’s two weeks already, and I’ve been feeling very good,” Reyes said Friday. “I’ve been doing a lot of treatment for the injury. I’m feeling good, and I try to go on the field as soon as possible because I want to be on the field.’’

Because he has been taking batting practice recently, Reyes was uncertain about whether he would need any minor league at-bats to get up to speed for his return. As for whether he might take a cautious approach to guard against injury before heading into free agency after this season, Reyes said: “I'm just worrying about getting on the field as soon as possible. So I don’t think about my contract situation. I want to get on the field to help my team win.’’

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