Jose Reyes left Friday night's game against the Brewers in the 6th inning with what the team is calling a "tight left hamstring." No definitive word has been provided on the extent of the injury, however a visibly upset Reyes declared himself out for tomorrow's afternoon game at Shea. Manager Willie Randolph downplayed the injury saying it was more of a precautionary measure due to the damp conditions and the fact that Reyes' hamstring has been a bit sore lately.
Reyes was 0-3 when he left the game and has gotten off to a slow start in 2008. He was coming off a big game last night that saw him steal his first base of the season, double and score the game winning run in a 12 inning thriller with the Phillies. Unfortunately, the Mets' spark plug was unable to build upon that effort and now finds himself forced to sit out at least one game.
The injury to Reyes is especially troubling given that it is his hamstring and has a direct impact on his biggest asset - speed. I wouldn't be surprised if the Mets played it safe with their stud shortstop and sat him for the weekend. The team has and off-day on Monday, so this would give Reyes 3 full days of rest.
In Reyes' absence, there is a good chance the streaking Angel Pagan will hit leadoff this weekend or continue to hit in the 2 hole if Luis Castillo returns to the lineup after sitting out the last two games with a sore knee. Pagan collected two more hits and an RBI tonight and is a solid stopgap option heading into this weekend's play.