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Terry Collins: Give Jose Reyes some time

Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets

Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets sits in the dugout before the start of a game against the Miami Marlins on July 22, 2016 in Miami. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Eric Espada

While other players are feeling the toll of a long season, Jose Reyes is just getting started.

The utility infielder, who served a 51-game suspension to start the season for violating the league’s domestic violence policy, has made 67 plate appearances in 15 games since joining the Mets on July 5.

Reyes’ power numbers notwithstanding — he has three home runs and an .800 OPS with the Mets — he has not looked fully comfortable at the plate. The career .289 hitter is batting .242.

Terry Collins said Monday he would like to see Reyes take 125 or 130 at-bats before making any judgments about how he could impact the team during its chase for a playoff berth.

“Jose, even though I know he works hard, he didn’t have spring training to go on,” Collins said. “He went to the minor leagues and once again, no disrespect to the minor leagues, I spent too many years there, but there’s a big leap now. This is a huge leap to be in the big leagues. I think he’s got to get some major-league at-bats to really get comfortable.”

Collins said there have been signs that Reyes can still thrive as a major-league hitter.

“We’re seeing real good at-bats and then we’re seeing other times he’s kind of jumping at the ball,” Collins said. “He needs to just slow the game down, which he will the more he plays.”

Doubleheader Tuesday

The Mets and Cardinals will play a single-admission doubleheader Tuesday beginning at 4:10 p.m. Game 2 will start about 20 minutes after the end of Game 1. Only tickets marked for Tuesday’s game will be accepted. Those with tickets to Monday’s rained-out game can’t use them Tuesday, but can exchange the tickets for a doubleheader ticket, subject to availability. Those with Monday tickets who don’t opt for that exchange can exchange for another home game, excluding the July 30 game against the Rockies and the Aug. 1 and 2 Subway Series games.

Duda, Wheeler update

Sandy Alderson said he does not have a timetable for Lucas Duda’s return from a stress fracture in his lower back. He did estimate that Zack Wheeler, coming back from Tommy John surgery, could return in August.

“You know, if I had to guess I’d say end of August,” Alderson said. “But again that’s a little bit speculative as well.”

It’s a daughter for Wright

The Mets announced David Wright and his wife, Molly, had a daughter on Saturday. The name: Olivia Shea Wright.

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