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Will Reyes bat righthanded against righty?

New York Mets' short stop Jose Reyes smiles

New York Mets' short stop Jose Reyes smiles before batting in the first inning, Monday. (June 28, 2010) Credit: AP

So much for Jerry Manuel's plans.

After all the commotion regarding the need for Jose Reyes to return against a lefthander because of his injured right oblique, Reyes will be in the lineup Tuesday night. Against a righthander.

Manuel confirmed that Reyes will start against Aaron Harang, and that the switch hitter will try something new.

Said Manuel, "I think if Jose's ready to play and I think he wants to play - I know he wants to play - he will probably bat righthanded [tonight].''

Another injured Met also has an expected return date.

Carlos Beltran, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery, is being pointed to a July 15 return in San Francisco, the first game after the All-Star break.

"If all goes well, we should see him in San Francisco," Manuel said.

Beltran went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI Monday for Class A St. Lucie against Charlotte. He played all nine innings in centerfield and had four putouts.

"I feel better and better every day," Beltran said. "Not sure on a timeline."

Extra bases

Manuel will skip Hisanori Takahashi this weekend against the Braves, starting R.A. Dickey, Mike Pelfrey and Johan Santana . . . The Mets called up lefty reliever Raul Valdes . . . Fernando Tatis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder . . . Manuel plans on giving rookie catcher Josh Thole regular playing time before the break. "Take a look at what could be a really good offensive club when [Thole] plays,'' he said.

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