- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been placed on the bereavement list by the team after learning of the death of his paternal grandmother, Maria Trinidad Reyes, Monday afternoon. Reyes left the team immediately to fly home to Santiago, Dominican Republic.
Bobby Parnell was activated from the disabled list to take Reyes' roster spot. He had been out with a clotting issue that was causing numbness in his right middle finger.
According to Major League Baseball rules, a player on the bereavement must miss a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven days.
Reyes hopes to return Wednesday, he told ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas. He would not be able to be activated until Thursday, per the minimum three days on the bereavement list.
"He's been the catalyst of this club probably the entire year," manager Terry Collins said of Reyes. "This is a huge loss for us even for three, four, five days, whatever it's gonna be. It's hard to replacement him. I know Ruben's gonna play great defense, but you're not gonna find a guy who can replace Jose at the top of the lineup. We're just gonna do the best we can."
Third baseman Willie Harris led off for the Mets on Monday night.
"I'm just gonna tell him to put some good swings on the ball and just get on base," Collins said.
Reyes is currently batting .335 with one home run and 17 RBIs. The 27-year-old leads the majors in hits (76), triples (eight) and stolen bases (19). He is 14-for-27 (.519) at the plate in his last six games.
Collins said he thought about using center fielder Angel Pagan at the top of the batting order, but decided against it. Pagan hit fifth.
"Willie has led off for us before and actually did so a lot of spring training, so we'll go with him."
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin contributed to this report.
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