Monday, August 29, 2011
Reyes set for Game 2, Ike on the run ...
By Adam Rubin
Jose Reyes will be activated for Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Florida Marlins. Reyes was due to depart Binghamton on Sunday, but weather delayed his travel until 10 a.m. Monday. Terry Collins reiterated he does intend to give Reyes periodic rest to avoid another hamstring injury. "I don't want to lose this guy any more days in the next month," Collins said.
With Reyes activated, Ruben Tejada will be sticking around. Collins said Tejada and Justin Turner will share second-base duties, with perhaps Turner occasionally spelling David Wright at third base to get both in the lineup.
"I'm going to make sure Tejada gets at-bats," Collins said. "He deserves it. He earned it."
In order clear roster room for Reyes in Game 2, the Mets could place Ronny Paulino, who has a broken big toe on his right foot, on the disabled list. The alternative, apparently, would be to again put Nick Evans through waivers. Paulino can pinch-hit, but cannot run or play catcher.
• Ike Davis ran Thursday and Friday, and will attempt to do so again today and Tuesday, Sandy Alderson said. Then a determination will be made whether Davis requires left ankle surgery, which would be completed before Labor Day.
• Johan Santana may return to a minor league game next weekend, according to Alderson. Santana had been shut down days after his last rehab appearance for Class A St. Lucie, on July 28. Alderson said it's possible Santana could pitch an inning or two in the majors before the season's completion.
• Miguel Batista may pitch Wednesday, with Chris Capuano getting an extra day of rest and going Thursday, according to Collins. The Mets were weighing the switch because Capuano tossed 122 pitches in his two-hit shutout Friday. The intention is for Batista to start one of the two games.
• While Long Beach, L.I., was being evacuated late Friday afternoon, Turner, Bobby Parnell and Tim Byrdak went to check out the waves generated by the early stages of Hurricane Irene. The trio watched the waves already overrunning sand dunes at 5 p.m. Byrdak made a video as a mock newscaster. They also checked out Jones Beach, and had retreated to Jason Isringhausen's home on the north shore of Long Island before the storm truly hit.