Jose Reyes' ASG status up in air

LOS ANGELES -- The left hamstring strain suffered by New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has not improved enough to progress to running, leaving Reyes' starting spot in the All-Star Game in jeopardy.

Reyes had hoped to test the muscle, which he injured Saturday, by running by now. But that has not yet occurred, according to manager Terry Collins.

"It's still not really good. ... I'm not running him until he feels better," Collins said Wednesday.

Reyes' agents requested the Mets send the MRI of Reyes' hamstring injury to Dallas-based doctor Daniel E. Cooper, and he has since reviewed the images, GM Sandy Alderson said. Cooper performed surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon on Reyes' other leg on Oct. 15, 2009.

"We've held off on the running test for a combination of reasons," Alderson said. "One, we don't think Jose is ready to run. And secondly we wanted to wait for that second opinion, that second reading of the MRI."

Alderson added: "Based on what we have right now, I don't see him playing in the next day or two."

Collins has suggested it may be beneficial to play a man short on the bench and keep Reyes active for the remaining games leading into the All-Star break, so that Reyes would be eligible for a post-break series against division-leader Philadelphia.

As for Reyes starting at shortstop for the NL All-Stars, Alderson said: "Look, if he doesn't play for us over the next four days, having those three extra days of rest would be valuable."

The Mets have won three straight games despite missing Reyes from the lineup, and Alderson called the Mets at two games over .500 "relevant."

The GM indicated he is judging how to proceed before the July 31 trade deadline by evaluating 10-12 game increments. In essence, if the Mets succeed over the next dozen games, he owes it to them to keep the team intact. If they flop, he will attempt to trade pieces.

Asked if being 6½ games out in the wild card -- the current deficit -- is in contention, Alderson replied: "What I kept looking at was the .500 mark. To be relevant, we had to get over .500. We're a couple of games over now. I think we are relevant."

Could he really dismantle the team if the Mets move a few games closer in the standings?

"Never say never, but we all want to win," Alderson said. "We all want to compete. And that's true of the front office as well."

Alderson added that even though it's July, it's largely too soon for other teams to be willing to engage in serious trade discussions at this point.

"To actually do anything, if you're referring to trades, requires more than one party," the GM said. "And even though we're in July, it's still a little bit early for most clubs to fully engage in serious trade discussions. Whether we want to do something or not, it may not be an option for us at this point."

Meanwhile, third baseman David Wright will not be ready to participate in rehab games during the All-Star break, and Alderson confirmed he will not be back in time for the post-break series against the Phillies. Collins said Wright is doing more running, but that he has not yet seen live pitching. The third baseman plans to go through pregame drills with the Class A St. Lucie team on Thursday.

R.A. Dickey said he still felt a dull discomfort from a muscle strain with his left glute when he threw a bullpen session Wednesday. But the knuckleballer will proceed with Friday's scheduled start in San Francisco.
Left-hander Johan Santana, recovering from Sept. 14 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder, will throw another bullpen session Thursday.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com.