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Reyes, Pagan showing improvement

Reyes, Pagan showing improvement

ATLANTA -- Though neither was in the lineup, Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan both used the same word Wednesday to describe their status: "Better."

Reyes took full batting practice for the first time since aggravating his right oblique strain last Thursday at Citi Field, swinging from both sides of the plate. Though he attempted to swing in an indoor cage Sunday, pain in his oblique forced him to stop after merely half a dozen swings.

The report was even more encouraging on Pagan, whom the Mets expect back in the lineup Thursday. Pagan missed his second straight game Wednesday with tendinitis in his right wrist.

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