The injured stars had encouraging workouts Sunday, and judging by the way manager Jerry Manuel beamed when discussing their progress it must have seemed like the first bit of good news in a couple of miserable months for the banged-up club.
Reyes and Delgado are on the disabled list along with Carlos Beltran (knee), John Maine (shoulder) and J.J. Putz (elbow surgery), and New York has fallen into a deep funk, losing 11 of 15 games and dropping four games under .500 heading into Sunday's game against Cincinnati.
In right field, under shimmering sunlight, Reyes, sidelined since May 20 with an injured right leg, performed agility drills with Manuel watching. Delgado also did agility drills, and faced a pitcher in the batting cage for the first time since having hip surgery May 19.
"It was very encouraging to watch him move as freely as he was moving and to be able to not have a noticeable limp or anything," Manuel said of Reyes.
The shortstop and offensive catalyst had a cortisone shot in his injured right leg Tuesday and was still running with pain. Manuel, who said he learned how to identify if an athlete is favoring a leg when he helped coach his daughter's track team, said Reyes looked much better but still was running with a limp.
There is still no timetable for Reyes' return. Manuel said it depends on how he responds to the workout and his conditioning. After several sets of drills Sunday, Reyes put his hands on his knees to catch his breath.
Manuel liked what he heard while watching Delgado's cage session, saying there was a "different sound," but cautioned not to get too excited.
"It never really bothered him to hit," Manuel said. "And I think he's still in that same place."
Delgado, who is not expected back until mid-August, had similar surgery on his hip to what kept the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez out six weeks. Delgado doesn't want to return too soon and be forced to sit again.
"They cleaned up my hip, so it's got to heal, develop the range of motion and strength and endurance in order to come back and play," he said.
Both Reyes and Delgado will head to the Mets' minor league complex in Florida to continue rehabbing.