Reyes has MRI, remains in lineup

Updated: July 10, 2010, 3:33 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Mets shortstop Jose Reyes had an MRI on his ailing right oblique Friday, but the switch-hitter remained in the lineup for the series opener against the Atlanta Braves.

The MRI came back clean, according to a team spokesman.

Reyes is unable to hit left-handed. Manager Jerry Manuel indicated Reyes wanted to play because of the importance of the series against the first-place Braves. Reyes will move to second in the order.

The Mets also promoted first baseman Nick Evans for the weekend series to have a right-handed pinch hitter available with Fernando Tatis on the DL.

Struggling reliever Ryota Igarashi was demoted to Class A St. Lucie.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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