Reyes back in running, reacts to Beltran

September, 17, 2011
After going 3-for-5 with a walk and only his second steal in 17 starts since returning from the disabled list, Jose Reyes was incredulous that ex-teammate Carlos Beltran publicly said the shortstop would look great atop the San Francisco Giants lineup in 2012.

“No way. He said that?” Reyes asked. “No way. He said that? I’m going to call him, ‘What are you talking about?’”

Reyes said he gets lighthearted courting from opposing players on occasion. He recalled Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun -- with whom he is now neck-and-neck for the NL batting title -- telling him he’d be welcome as a Brewer. (Reyes currently leads Braun by four points, .334 to .330.)

“In the All-Star Game, the guy from Milwaukee, left field, Braun, he told me, ‘Come over,’ play with him,” Reyes said. “Stuff like that. When they tell me that, I just laugh. We’ll see what happens. We’ll find out soon.”

Reyes has complained about periodic left hamstring tightness since returning from his second stint on the DL, but indicated the muscle felt good on Friday night.

“Three hits again tonight, stolen base, first to third, I’m a little anxious to see how he feels tomorrow when he gets up,” Terry Collins said.

Collins went on to say that a similar effort by Reyes on Saturday would “absolutely” prompt the manager to sit him in Sunday’s matinee out of an abundance of caution about Reyes’ health.

Collins said he is conscious about fielding his “A” lineup against contenders, but added: “I’m also not going to hurt anything either.”

Told he could sit Sunday if he overly exerts himself in Game 2 of the series, Reyes said: “Who said that? I don’t know about that. Me and him, we’ll talk about that. I feel good. So we’ll see what happens.”
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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