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TC expects Beltran, Reyes back Tuesday

7/19/2011

Shortstop Jose Reyes tested his injured hamstring in a minor league rehab game with the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones on Monday and proclaimed himself ready for the big leagues.

Manager Terry Collins agreed with that assessment.

"He's good to go tomorrow," Collins said after the Mets' 4-1 loss to the Florida Marlins on Monday night.

After going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored for Single-A Brooklyn on Monday afternoon, Reyes returned to Citi Field and huddled with Collins, trainer Ray Ramirez and general manager Sandy Alderson.

"He came back, told everybody he felt great and he said 'I'll see you tomorrow,'" the Mets manager said of Reyes, who has been out since July 3 with a left hamstring strain.

The Mets will also likely get Carlos Beltran for Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Beltran has missed the last three games due to a virus that caused severe fever and aches.

Beltran was out of the lineup Monday but was prepared to pinch-hit late in the game. Collins said afterward that he will put Beltran in the lineup on Tuesday.

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