SAN FRANCISCO -- Jerry Manuel figured his shortstop was good to go, so he scrawled Jose Reyes' name into the Mets lineup Thursday afternoon.
Then, roughly 15 minutes later, Manuel scratched it out.
Still feeling discomfort from his strained right oblique, Reyes sat Thursday for the eighth time in 12 games since injuring his side last month in Puerto Rico. And, on orders from the Mets medical staff, Reyes will continue to sit until he feels no pain whatsoever.
"What transpired is I assumed that he was ready to play," Manuel said. "I put him in the lineup and then [athletic trainer] Ray [Ramirez] came to me and said there's still a bit of discomfort even though he feels much improved. And I took him out of the lineup."
Though the switch-hitting Reyes -- who has yet to hit left-handed in a game -- took lefty swings twice last weekend, he did not do so during All-Star festivities in Anaheim. Nor will Reyes do so in San Francisco until he feels completely healthy. He is under strict orders not to swing a bat at all until his oblique has healed.
That means that although the Mets will oppose lefty starter Barry Zito in Friday's game, giving Reyes the opportunity to hit right-handed the natural way, he still may not be able to play. In four games last week, Reyes hit right-handed against righty pitchers, before aggravating the muscle last Saturday in the field.
"The first weeks, I had a lot of pain there," Reyes said. "I still feel something there. It's getting better, but it's slow. The doctors, they don't want to take any chances."
Reyes said that he spoke at the All-Star Game with David Ortiz of the Red Sox, who battled through an oblique injury earlier in his career.
Ortiz's advice? Same as the medical staff.
"He said the best thing for that is rest," Reyes said. "You don't want to do too much with it because then it's back to being injured."