Reyes leaves with stiff hamstring

Reyes leaves with stiff hamstring

ANAHEIM -- One at-bat into his new role as Mets interim manager, Jerry Manuel had a decision. Certainly, Manuel was tempted to leave Jose Reyes in the game, even though his shortstop pulled up lame at first base after singling to open Tuesday's game against the Angels.

"But me, this being my first game, I didn't want to lose Jose Reyes for an extended period of time," Manuel said. "I said, 'No, I don't care how much you squiggle and squirm, you're getting out of here tonight. You can be mad all you want to.'"

And Reyes was mad -- all he wanted to. He flung his helmet to the ground as he left the field, then stormed into the visitors' clubhouse.

Some time later, Manuel joined him there, where Reyes apologized for his actions. Then he came back out to the dugout to apologize to his teammates.

"I'm hungry for the game," Reyes said. "I just want to stay in the game in that situation, but he made the best decision there because it's a long season. He'd like me to stay healthy all season long."

The injury is a tricky one for Reyes, who has battled hamstring troubles throughout his career. This time, it was his left hamstring that stiffened up -- the same muscle that forced him to miss two games in April.

Yet Reyes said he felt fine after the game, and he expected to play in the series finale on Wednesday.

"I know my body now," Reyes said. "I know when it's worse, when it's so-so and when it's good. It's not that bad."

One bullet dodged, one to go. The Mets received another scare in the eighth inning, when Gary Matthews Jr. banged into Luis Castillo's left wrist while sliding into second base. Castillo suffered a contusion of the wrist, but he remained in the game.

Castillo, too, said that he expected to play on Wednesday.

"I can move my hand, and I feel fine right now," Castillo said.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.