On Saturday, dynamic and magnetic and buzzword New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes was removed from a game with what turned out to be a Grade 1 hamstring strain. Reyes was considered day-to-day, and the Mets were looking for him to return by the coming weekend.
But now that isn't going to happen, and it appears all but official that Reyes will be paying a trip to the disabled list. According to Enrique Rojas, a doctor has recommended that Reyes rest for three weeks, which would sideline him for much of July.
The Mets were hoping to avoid a DL stint, because they play the Phillies immediately after the All-Star break. However, there's not really anything they can do, and at least they did prepare for this possibility. Reports Adam Rubin:
The New York Mets put the wheels in motion toward placing shortstop Jose Reyes on the disabled list late Wednesday. Team officials arranged for corner infielder/outfielder Nick Evans to fly to Los Angeles from Triple-A Buffalo, multiple team sources told ESPNNewYork.com.
Perplexingly, the Mets are 4-0 since Reyes got injured, so his absence hasn't hurt them just yet. Assuming he does go on the DL, Ruben Tejada will continue to serve as his replacement. Evans, meanwhile, will be depth off the bench.
Reyes should still be back before the trade deadline, for those of you who subsist on rumors. One imagines, though, that this injury makes it even less likely than it already was that he gets dealt.