Mets morning briefing 7.18.11


The Mets take on the Florida Marlins in a makeup game on Monday evening in Queens, but many in the organization will be focused on a game in Brooklyn earlier Monday. There, Jose Reyes will play a rehab game with the Brooklyn Cyclones. If all goes well, Reyes should be able to return from the strained left hamstring that has sidelined him since early July.

Here are Monday's news reports:

• Reyes reported no pain after running the bases before the Mets' 8-5 loss to the Phillies on Sunday. He is eligible to come off of the disabled list on Monday, but the Mets chose to have him play a rehab game with Class A Brooklyn before bringing him back.

Read more in the Daily News and the Post.

Carlos Beltran missed his second straight game due to a nasty illness. Terry Collins didn’t expect to have Beltran back for Monday’s game. On Saturday, Scott Hairston filled in for Bay and had a career-high five RBI. On Sunday, it was Willie Harris, who came up with two hits. Who will Collins turn to on Monday?

Read more in the Post, Newsday and The Star-Ledger.

David Wright went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, run scored and an RBI on Sunday for Class A St. Lucie. Wright served as the designated hitter against Clearwater. The Mets hope that Wright can rejoin the team on Friday in Miami when it begins a three-game series with the Florida Marlins. Wright was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 18, retroactive to May 16, with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Jason Bay heard the boo birds at Citi on Sunday after he went 0 for 4 with a walk and committed an error in the eighth inning of the Mets' 8-5 loss. Bay said afterward that he understands the fans' frustration but that he's 'more frustrated than anybody' with his struggles. Bay hasn't come close to living up to his four year, $66 million contract. He has just three hits in his last 30 at-bats.

Read more in the Daily News, The Record and Newsday.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Met manager and player Joe Torre - - best known as the manager who won four titles with the Yankees - - turns 70 today.