Reyes pinch-hits, Pagan gets two-day break

Reyes pinch-hits, Pagan gets two-day break

Reyes pinch-hits, Pagan gets two-day break
ATLANTA -- Jose Reyes said that he wanted to play all three games of the weekend series against the Braves. But after meeting with Terry Collins on Saturday, the shortstop was out of the Mets' lineup for Sunday's finale.

Reyes' left hamstring wasn't acting up. "He's fine," Collins said. But with an off-day on Monday, the manager decided that a two-day break would set the switch-hitter up for the last three series of the year.

"The important part is that he finish this out on a healthy note," said Collins, who revealed that Reyes hopes to play in each of the Mets' nine remaining games.

The Mets begin a three-game series in St. Louis on Tuesday, then close the season at home with three games each against the Phillies and Reds.

Reyes, who was hitless in one pinch-hit at-bat in Sunday's 7-5 win, watched his average drop to .331. He was 0-for-3 with a walk on Saturday in a 1-0 loss to the Braves, falling behind the Brewers' Ryan Braun -- who is at .336 -- in the race for the National League batting title. Reyes has hit in 17 of his 19 starts since coming off the disabled list.

Collins also held center fielder Angel Pagan, bothered by a sore quad, out of the starting lineup on Sunday in anticipation of giving him a two-day break.

"We've got to take advantage of the off-day," Collins said.

Pagan's problem has come over time, according to Collins, who noted that it's been bothering him for a couple of weeks.

Jason Pridie started in center field and replaced Pagan in the two-hole. Ruben Tejada, who moved from second base to shortstop, hit leadoff. Justin Turner, manning second, hit eighth.

Everyone seemed to be looking forward to the Mets' first day off in nearly three weeks.

"There are going to be a lot of guys not getting out of bed for a while tomorrow, I'll tell you that," Collins said.