Jose Reyes cleared to play

Updated: March 4, 2010, 2:33 PM ET
Associated Press

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes was scratched from New York's lineup Thursday for follow-up lab work related to his team physical, but a team spokesperson said he has been cleared to play.

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Reyes said Thursday morning after a second round of blood work that he feels fine, and the testing was not related to the torn hamstring that sidelined him most of last season. He went to the doctor Thursday afternoon, and the team spokesperson said "everything came back OK."

Reyes then returned to camp for light batting practice.

"They tell me what I have to do is more important than the game today, so I have to make sure I am ready to go when I step on the field," Reyes said before the doctor's appointment. "It's nothing with my leg."

Reyes did not provide any specific reasons for the tests except to say that it was part of a routine physical.

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

Reyes was removed from Tuesday's lineup along with several other regular starters because of wet field conditions, and he stayed behind Wednesday when a squad of mainly non-roster invitees traveled to Orlando to play the Braves.


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