Thursday, October 1, 2009
Agent: Reyes should be ready for spring
By Andrew Marchand
Special to ESPN.com
Jose Reyes' latest injury setback devastated him to the point he was "practically in tears," but the initial diagnosis is that the tear in his hamstring will not cost the shortstop any time next season, his agent said.
Reyes, who has been out of the Mets' lineup since May with an assortment of leg injuries, is expected to have surgery on the hamstring tear.
"He is going to be good for next year," Reyes' agent, Peter Greenberg, told 1050 ESPN New York. "I don't think that is a question."
A Mets official told 1050 ESPN New York Thursday evening the team's doctors expect Reyes' recovery time to be "two months."
Greenberg, who consulted with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and GM Omar Minaya on Thursday morning, said that conservatively, Reyes should be able to start working out in December or January. That should give him ample time to be prepared to start spring training in the middle of February.
With Reyes' legs, of course, nothing is certain. In fact, Reyes was on the verge of possibly playing this weekend before his new hamstring injury occurred on Tuesday. Greenberg watched Reyes in a workout this past Saturday and said Reyes looked "100 percent," but then on Tuesday he was working out again and tore the hamstring.
When Reyes felt the latest injury and thought about what it might mean, having played only 36 games this season, he was "practically in tears," according to Greenberg. Up to that point, Reyes' rehab had improved to the point that Greenberg said he felt that Reyes was going to avoid surgery on his previous injury, a hamstring tendon.
The disappointing Mets have seemingly led the league in one category this season -- injuries. That has raised questions about how the organization handles its players, and Reyes has been a prime example.
Reyes originally went on the disabled list on May 20 with tendinitis behind his right leg. He was scheduled to come off the DL two weeks later, but he was re-evaluated and the tendon injury was discovered. He has been rehabbing ever since.
Reyes began his major league career with an inability to stay healthy. In 2004, he played in only 54 games because of various leg injuries that were so bad the Mets tinkered with changing how he runs. But since then, Reyes had stayed healthy and excelled. This year was the first time he had been on the DL in five years.
Still, critics have questioned if Reyes truly wanted to return quickly, despite the fact that Reyes played in at least 153 games every year since 2005.
Andrew Marchand is the managing editor at 1050 ESPN New York.