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Reyes checks out OK, set to play Friday

Reyes checks out OK, set to play Friday

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Jose Reyes said he checked out fine from an afternoon trip to the doctor's office and is now cleared to play.

After being scratched from the lineup for Thursday's game at Tradition Field, the Mets' shortstop is slated to bat third against the Marlins at home on Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET, in a game that will air on MLB.TV.

Reyes was originally taken out of the lineup because he had a noon ET follow-up after some blood results from his team physical showed something unexpected. He had gone earlier in the morning to get blood work done, then went later to make sure everything was OK.

Though he didn't know much about the specifics, Reyes said he's all good, adding: "I can't wait to get on the field tomorrow."

Prior to the game, the 26-year-old said the visit had nothing to do with his surgically repaired right leg.

"It's nothing about my leg, nothing like that," said Reyes, who later played catch and hit in the batting cages at the Mets' Spring Training complex.

"They do the tests because they want to make sure everything is fine."

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said having Reyes out of the lineup was not a problem -- at least not this time around.

"Not at all," Manuel said. "I'm anxious to see him play, as he's anxious to play."

Meanwhile, Japanese left-hander Hisanori Takahashi is back with the Mets after returning from the Dominican Republic, where he cleared up visa issues. Takahashi had been able to work out with the Mets, but couldn't pitch in games until now.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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