Reyes plays in game, could be back Tuesday

Reyes plays in game, could be back Tuesday

Reyes plays in game, could be back Tuesday
NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes played a Minor League rehab game Monday with Class A Brooklyn, with a return trip to the Mets likely coming Tuesday.

"I anticipate one game," Mets manager Terry Collins said after his team's 8-5 loss Sunday to the Phillies. "Hopefully he'll come out of it feeling good."

Reyes, who is eligible to come off the disabled list, went 1-for-3 with a double and scored a run in an afternoon game against Lowell.

He ran the bases at full speed before Sunday's game, with media members, Collins, general manager Sandy Alderson, agent Peter Greenberg, trainer Ray Ramirez and physical therapist John Zajac watching closely. He later hit.

"I feel very good," Reyes said after running. "I'm happy that I don't feel anything in my leg, so I was able to test it out with no problems, so that's a good sign."

Reyes said he felt better than he did before suffering a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring, which occurred on a first-inning infield single during a July 2 game against the Yankees. He has been on the DL since July 3.

Asked Sunday what he would do if he hit a ball into the gap upon his return, Reyes immediately said, "Triple."

The 28-year-old shortstop leads the Majors in triples (15) as well as hitting (.354). He is also second in hits (124) and steals (30).

The Mets have gone 6-5 without Reyes and on Monday will host the Marlins in a makeup of a May 17 contest that was postponed because of rain. They begin a three-game series against the Cardinals on Tuesday, when Reyes is expected back.