Jose Reyes played only 36 games last season because of hamstring issues that wound up requiring surgery Oct. 15 to clear up scar tissue behind his right knee. That was not the end of his health problems, however, once the calendar flipped to 2010.
In February, at the start of spring training, Reyes became entangled in a federal case investigating HGH distribution because of a Toronto-based doctor who treated him with "blood-spinning" methods to help his healing from surgery. Reyes was interviewed by FBI agents in Port St. Lucie, but not prosecuted.
In March, an abnormal test from the start of spring training indicated that Reyes had an overractive thyroid and must be shut down for two weeks in New York to wait for the levels to return to normal. Reyes missed the first week of the season as he rushed through an abbreviated spring training.
On June 30, Reyes injured his right side during batting practice before a game against the Marlins in Puerto Rico. He argued with Jerry Manuel to stay in the lineup, but was scratched that night and missed the next six games because of the injury
Reyes returned to the starting lineup for the July 6 game against the Reds, but the switch hitter could bat only righthanded and slide feet-first to protect his strained right oblique muscle.
In the seventh inning of Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Braves, Reyes was removed from the game after wincing in pain on a long throw to first base for the first out. He will he held out of Sunday's series with the Braves and also Tuesday's All-Star Game in Anaheim.