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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Mets morning briefing 7.19.11

By Ian Begley

Terry Collins says he is getting Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran back for Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Reyes had a successful rehab game in Brooklyn; Beltran feels well enough to return to the lineup after dealing with a flu virus that sidelined him for the last three days. Both Beltran and Reyes should provide a boost to a Met offense that produced just three hits in a 4-1 loss to the Marlins on Monday.

Here are Tuesday’s news reports:

• Reyes went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in six innings for Single-A Brooklyn in his one and only minor league rehab game. He also had one assist in his only fielding chance and afterward pronounced himself healthy enough to return to the Mets lineup. Reyes had been out since July 3 with a strained left hamstring.

Read more in the Daily News, Post and the Star-Ledger.

• Beltran missed three games due to a viral illness but, after visiting the doctor on Monday, Beltran felt well enough to pinch-hit in the ninth inning of the Mets’ 4-1 loss to the Marlins. Beltran and Collins both said Beltran was well enough to return to the lineup on Tuesday. Beltran reported that he’d been dealing with a severe ailment that caused aches in his joints and resulted in a fever of 104-105 degrees. ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports that the Mets are willing to pick up all of the right fielder's remaining 2011 salary in a trade.

Read more in the Record and Star-Ledger.

• In his fourth rehab start, David Wright went 3-for-6 with three singles and three runs scored for St. Lucie on Monday. Wright played a full nine innings at third for the first time during his rehab stint. He is hitting .400 (6-for-15) with six runs scored. Wright was originally placed on the disabled list on May 18 with a lower-back stress fracture. 

Scott Hairston, who had five RBI on Saturday in place of Carlos Beltran, was removed from Monday’s game in the third inning after he fouled a ball off of his left foot in the first. Collins said afterward that Hairston had a significant bruise on his foot and that he wasn’t able to run. X-Rays came back negative. The Mets are calling the injury a left shin contusion and say Hairston is day-to-day.

Gary Carter’s daughter reports in an online journal that Carter, suffering from brain cancer, took a two-mile walk on Monday and will have his last radiation session on Tuesday. He is scheduled to undergo an Aug. 1 MRI to determine how tumors have responded to treatment.

• On Monday, the Mets signed outfielder Fernando Perez and pitcher Gustavo Chacin and assigned them to Triple-A Buffalo.

BIRTHDAYS: Preston Wilson, stepson of Mookie Wilson, turns 37. He last appeared in the majors in 2007 with the St. Louis Cardinals. ... Former outfielder/pinch hitter Mark Carreon turns 48. .... Outfielder/first baseman David Segui turns 45.