Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Jose not yet in running
By Adam Rubin
Jose Reyes will wait at least another day before attempting to run on his strained left hamstring, the shortstop said before Tuesday's game at Dodger Stadium.
Reyes planned to hit from both sides of the plate Tuesday. He only batted lefty Monday.
Terry Collins said Reyes only would have advanced to running had he reported improvement. The muscle was no worse, Reyes said, but not feeling appreciably better.
Collins said the Mets will huddle with doctors Wednesday and again discuss whether the DL is an option. However, the manager is resistant because any 15-day DL stint -- which would include the four-day All-Star break -- would force Reyes to miss the second-half-opening series against Philadelphia at Citi Field. It may be preferable to play a man down through the weekend and have Reyes eligible for that series than DL him and have his potent bat out of the lineup against the division leader.
"That's exactly what we're thinking, to be honest," Collins said. "One of the things that's on our mind is if he goes on the DL, he misses that Phillies series."
In fact, Collins counted the Mets facing seven straight All-Star pitchers starting Thursday -- L.A.'s Clayton Kershaw, San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, and "those animals coming in from Philly."
"Seven in a row. So we've got to make sure we're about as good as we can be," Collins said.
Reyes rode a stationary bicycle and walked on a treadmill -- "nothing crazy," he said. He also has fielded groundballs without having to range much to his left or right.
"No running. Just walking around -- some backpedal there to see how I was feeling," Reyes said about the treadmill activity. "It's better than yesterday, but it's still not quite where it needs to be."
• R.A. Dickey plans to test his backside issue throwing a bullpen session Wednesday, two days before his scheduled start against the Giants. Dickey said it's not alarming that he is waiting until two days before his start to throw his bullpen session, instead of three days, when many pitchers opt for that between-starts session. Asked how he felt when he tossed a baseball on flat ground Monday, Dickey said: "I could feel that soreness was there, but it wasn't anything alarming."
• With the Mets facing left-hander Ted Lilly, Ronny Paulino was due to start anyway Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. The decision was not fueled by Mike Pelfrey being on the mound for the Mets. However, going forward, Pelfrey will be paired with Paulino even against right-handed pitching, Collins indicated. Pelfrey has a 3.71 ERA in 68 innings with Paulino as his catcher and 9.15 ERA in 20 2/3 innings with Josh Thole catching him.