Jose Reyes to sit out All-Star Game?

Updated: July 7, 2011, 3:05 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

LOS ANGELES -- The New York Mets put the wheels in motion toward placing shortstop Jose Reyes on the disabled list late Wednesday. Team officials arranged for corner infielder/outfielder Nick Evans to fly to Los Angeles from Triple-A Buffalo, multiple team sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

Reyes strained his left hamstring Saturday against the Yankees. After taking ground balls and working on a stationary bicycle and treadmill earlier this week, Reyes was unable to do any physical activity on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, the shortstop said. A team official said a firm decision to place Reyes on the disabled list would not be made until Reyes arrives at the ballpark Thursday and is unable to run, which is the expected scenario.

Jose Reyes
Reyes

"I didn't do anything today. ... Probably tomorrow I don't do anything, either," Reyes said after Wednesday's 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Mets had been inclined to play with a short bench this week and keep Reyes on the active roster if doctors believed there was a reasonable chance the spark plug would be healthy for the first series following the All-Star break, against the National League East-leading Philadelphia Phillies. Once Reyes is placed on the disabled list, he would be ineligible for that July 15-17 series.

"We have to see what is going to be the best-case scenario for me," said Reyes, who leads the majors with a .354 average. "If I have to go (to the DL), if I really need to go, I have to do it."

Reyes' landing on the DL also would affirm he will be unable to play in an All-Star Game for the third time in his career due to injury after being selected. With a late surge in fan voting, Reyes had overtaken the Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki as the starting NL shortstop. Regardless of his health, Reyes has indicated he plans to attend Tuesday's game in Phoenix -- as he did in 2006 and again last year when he was unable to play.

Unpredictably, the Mets have won four straight games since Reyes has been idle. With Wednesday's victory against the Dodgers, the Mets (45-42) climbed three games over .500 for the first time since July 23, 2010.

"If you would have told me, 'You're going to win without Jose Reyes,' I would have said, 'How?' -- pretty much," manager Terry Collins said. "But I actually believe when he's out, when he went down, they said, 'Hey, we've got to rally.'"

The unexpected success, while welcome, has put general manager Sandy Alderson in an in-between position. Minus injured stars Johan Santana, David Wright, Ike Davis and now Reyes, the Mets figured to fade and be sellers.

Now what? Could the Mets really dismantle and attempt to trade pieces such as Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez if they are able to claw within a handful of games of a postseason spot? They currently trail the wild-card-leading Atlanta Braves by 6 games.

"Never say never, but we all want to win," Alderson said. "We all want to compete. And that's true of the front office as well."

Alderson indicated he is judging how to proceed before the July 31 trade deadline by evaluating 10-12 game increments. In essence, if the Mets succeed over the next dozen games, he owes it to them to keep the team intact for another block of 10-12 games. If they fade, he may attempt to trade pieces.

Asked if being 6 games out in the wild card is in contention, Alderson replied: "What I kept looking at was the .500 mark. To be relevant, we had to get over .500. We're a couple of games over now. I think we are relevant."

As the Mets aim for their first-ever four-game sweep of the Dodgers on Thursday, they begin a challenging stretch of seven straight games against All-Star -- or All-Star-caliber -- pitchers.

Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw faces the Mets on Thursday. After Kershaw, the Mets face All-Stars Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain in San Francisco leading into the break. The Mets then return home after a four-day hiatus to face "those animals coming in from Philly," to use Collins' phrase.

That would be without Reyes, assuming the Mets proceed Thursday with placing him on the disabled list, which sources portrayed was the likelihood.

Reyes' agents had requested a second opinion of his hamstring injury. The Mets complied, sending MRIs taken on Sunday morning in New York to Dr. Daniel E. Cooper. The Dallas-based doctor performed surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon in Reyes' right leg on Oct. 15, 2009.

Meanwhile, Evans recently put together a 19-game hitting streak in Triple-A, the fifth-longest in modern Buffalo Bisons history. He is hitting .330 in the International League this season and has a Buffalo-high 28 multi-hit games.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com.

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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