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Worried for his health, Mets stop Reyes' winter ball bid

12/9/2006 - MLB Jose Reyes New York Mets + more

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The New York Mets
prohibited Jose Reyes from playing winter ball, not wanting to take
any chances with the health of their star shortstop.

The 23-year-old Dominican had expressed interest in playing in
the winter league for the Cibao Gigantes.

"Reyes is an important part of our team," general manager Omar
Minaya told Channel 37 in the Dominican Republic. "That's why the
Mets organization decided that he will not play."

Reyes batted .300 with 19 home runs, 81 RBI and 68 stolen bases
in 153 games last season. He also won the Silver Slugger award,
given to the top offensive performer at each position.

"We want him to keep healthy for the next season,'' said
Minaya, who is visiting the Caribbean nation.