The Mets began the process of placing Jose Reyes on the disabled list, summoning Nick Evans from Triple-A Buffalo. Reyes said after Wednesday's 5-3 win against the Dodgers that he was unable to do any physical activity before the game because his left hamstring strain had not improved. The shortstop added that he did not expect to be able to perform physical activities Thursday either, which will trigger him landing on the DL, team sources said. Read the full story here.
Meanwhile, the Mets are 4-0 since Reyes' injury took him out of the starting lineup. They now begin that challenging stretch in which they face Clayton Kershaw in Thursday's series finale in L.A., then Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain in San Francisco, followed by Philadelphia's Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels in some order coming out of the All-Star break.
Thursday's news reports:
• The Post reports the Mets will engage in secret in-season negotiations with Reyes. Writes Mike Puma:
Don’t be so sure the Mets are waiting until after the season to talk turkey with Jose Reyes. Multiple sources with knowledge of the process told The Post yesterday that indications are the Mets have begun -- or will soon begin -- secret talks with the Reyes camp in hopes of reaching agreement in the coming weeks on a new contract with the All-Star shortstop.
If that's true, that directly contradicts what Sandy Alderson indicated last month. Alderson told reporters he approached agent Peter Greenberg and was informed there would be no in-season negotiations.
• The Times' Richard Sandomir profiles the judge who took Irving Picard's $1 billion-plus lawsuit against Fred Wilpon and family out of bankruptcy court and into his federal courtroom. The article portrays Judge Jed S. Rakoff as appearing sympathetic to the arguments of the Wilpons' attorneys that securities law should apply, and that the Wilpons should not be at risk of losing their principal because they were simply investors who trusted their broker and had no legal responsibility to do due diligence. The article suggests that the $300 million in alleged "fictitious profits" still likely would be in play for Picard because that's not a securities question -- that's a question of whether the Wilpons profited from a Ponzi scheme in which there were net losers, requiring money to be returned.
The article paints an interesting picture of Rakoff. Writes Sandomir:
In 2002, Jed S. Rakoff, a federal district court judge in Manhattan, declared the death penalty unconstitutional. No one -- neither defense lawyers nor prosecutors -- had asked him for such a ruling. But Rakoff, who felt strongly about the growing number of exonerations of death row inmates through DNA evidence, went ahead and did it. ... Rakoff, 67, is a former federal prosecutor and defense lawyer with an independent streak and a flair for phrase-making. He has been called an activist judge. He has been called a maverick. He has been called other things, a number of them probably unprintable. But few observers of the federal bench would dispute that he is capable of the unexpected.
• Alderson described the Mets as "relevant" as a team over .500 and indicated what to do at the trading deadline would be recalculated after the next 10-12 games. Read more in the Record, Times and Star-Ledger.
• Post columnist Kevin Kernan sees Boston as a logical landing spot for Carlos Beltran in a trade. Writes Kernan:
The Yankees have no interest in Beltran, but the Red Sox could wind up a landing place for the slugger, who upped his hitting streak to 11 games with a fourth-inning double. The Red Sox could stick Beltran in right field, and general manager Theo Epstein has told reporters that adding a bat is more important than adding pitching right now.
• R.A. Dickey plans to pitch Friday against the Giants despite a strained glute that provided a dull pain while he threw a bullpen session Wednesday. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey was roughed up in his third Double-A outing Wednesday. Next up for Harvey is one inning in Sunday's ESPN2-televised Futures Game, where he will be joined by St. Lucie third baseman Jefry Marte. Read a profile of Harvey here.
• David Wright will not be ready to return immediately after the All-Star break, Alderson said. The Mets are being deliberate in ramping up Wright's physical activity because he had been idle so long, so the third baseman will not be ready for minor league rehab games during the All-Star break. Wright has not started facing live pitching in batting practice, Terry Collins said.
• Mike Sielski of The Wall Street Journal discusses slugger Jose Bautista's brief -- as in few-hour-brief -- tenure as a Met. The Mets acquired Bautista from the Kansas City Royals for catcher Justin Huber on July 30, 2004 in order to send Bautista to the Pirates in a package for Kris Benson. That was near-simultaneous with the other trade of Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano that day.
• Justin Turner has been hit with pitches a team-high six times, on pace to flirt with the franchise single-season record of 13 held by Ron Hunt and John Olerud. The Journal's Brian Costa writes:
Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens said Turner's propensity for being hit by pitches is partly a byproduct of his success. He batted .325 during May, showing an ability to drive the ball to the opposite field. As a result, opponents have pitched him inside more often, which increases the chances that an errant pitch will hit him.
BIRTHDAY: Tim Teufel, who won a World Series in '86 with the Mets, turns 53. He manages the Mets' Triple-A Buffalo affiliate.