SAN FRANCISCO -- The past two afternoons, Jose Reyes has lounged in his team-issued gym shorts prior to the Mets' games against the Giants, relaying his optimism regarding his tight right calf.
Yet there Reyes was again Saturday, this time sporting a medicated patch on his shin. The injury has not yet healed, and Reyes was out of the lineup for a third consecutive day.
"You have to worry," Reyes said. "I've missed the last three games. I didn't expect to miss that many games, and the soreness has not gone away."
The injury, a shin pain that has caused tightness in Reyes' right calf, has bothered him since Wednesday morning. In preparation for a pinch-hit appearance in the seventh inning Friday, Reyes attempted to run for the first time since Wednesday, but was met with more pain. He did not have any plans to run again Saturday.
"It's getting better every day, but slowly," Reyes said. "I still feel something there. Still, something is not right there."
The pain has lessened -- Reyes no longer feels tenderness while touching his right shin.
"But what he did have was some tightness in the calf," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.
Both Reyes and Manuel said they hoped the shortstop could play Sunday, but both also expressed doubt. It's certainly possible Reyes could miss the entire series against the Giants and shoot for a return Monday in Los Angeles.
To date, his absence has not hindered the Mets. Without Reyes, they stole 11 bases over the first two games of the series, including a team-record seven Friday night. Still, Reyes has 11 of the team's National League-leading 40 stolen bases.
Alex Cora started at shortstop Saturday for the third consecutive game, batting second.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.