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Thursday, July 7, 2011
Sandy: Almost no way Mets trade Jose

By Adam Rubin

Sandy Alderson, speaking bluntly, indicated Jose Reyes should complete the season as a New York Met, after which the Mets will attempt to re-sign him.

"I think it's very unlikely that Jose will be traded this season," Alderson said before Thursday's series finale at Dodger Stadium. "And that's without regard to his injury."

Reyes landed on the disabled list Thursday with a strained left hamstring. Manager Terry Collins said he is eyeing a July 22 road-trip opener at Florida for Reyes return, perhaps after a handful of minor league rehab games.

Reyes still plans to attend the All-Star Game, but not play. He missed the 2006 game after slicing open a pinkie and last year's game with an oblique issue.

"Unbelievable," Reyes said. "Three out of four times (selected) I had an injury before the All-Star Game. It's a little bit disappointing because you want to go to the All-Star Game. You want to play. But, at the same time, when you're hurt, there's nothing you can do about it. You just go there and try to enjoy it anyway."

Alderson said that will not disrupt Reyes' recovery.

"Having three down days and not doing any significant rehab work is not going to cost us any time," Alderson said. "Rest in this case is probably as therapeutic as anything."

Said Collins: "He deserves the recognition. He deserves everything that celebration is. He'll be back in New York on Wednesday and certainly the treatments will reconvene."

Alderson denied, and had fun with, a published report suggesting he would engage Reyes' camp again in season in contract talks -- and keep it a secret. The GM announced last month that he approached Reyes' agents to initiate extension talks and the shortstop's side preferred to have no in-season dialogue. Both sides affirmed Thursday that remains the stance.

"Nothing has changed," Reyes said.

Conceivably, Reyes' injury, as a reminder of his injury-prone history, could temper bidders' enthusiasm for offering a seven-year, Carl Crawford-like deal next offseason. And that could improve the Mets' chances of emerging as the winning bidder without being reckless.

"I'll give you a secret signal when the secret negotiations start," Alderson quipped.

More seriously, Alderson added about the June conversation: "We reached out. They respectfully declined, which I think was an appropriate response on their part. And so we honor that. There's nothing going on otherwise."

Even secretly?

"Even secretly," Alderson said. "Even super-secretly."

As for the decision to place Reyes on the DL, Alderson said doctors informed him Reyes would not be available at least for another seven to 10 days -- if not more -- so the Phillies series immediately after the break would have been out anyway.

"I wouldn't say that he wasn't making any progress, but (it was) slow progress," Alderson said. "Also, the doctors told us that it would be surprising if he were ready to go in seven to 10 days -- likely two weeks. It could take somewhat longer than that. So given everything we heard from the doctors as well as just observing Jose on a daily basis, and recognizing his legs are the key to his performance and that once he did start to run again there was going to be maximum strain, it made sense for us to bring somebody else in.

"I think it was important for us to be realistic. At the same time, I was happy that we took the time to allow events to unfold and his condition to reveal itself over the first four or five days after the injury."

Reyes expressed frustration with the injury, saying he was feeling good pregame Saturday, the day it occurred -- no hamstring tightness or anything.

Justin Turner will be the backup shortstop if Ruben Tejada had to leave a game.