Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets looks on...

Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets looks on during batting practice before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Aug. 20, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Jose Reyes ran the bases again Tuesday and is expected to begin his rehab assignment Thursday. The plan is for him to play three games, rest Sunday, then rejoin the Mets for Monday's doubleheader against the Marlins -- but play in only one game. "If I run him out there for 18 innings, I could be opening my equipment bag and packing," Collins said. The manager also indicated that he could occasionally use Ruben Tejada at second base when Reyes does return.

Johan Santana threw a 45-pitch bullpen session in Port St. Lucie but the Mets are unsure when he will resume his rehab assignment.