Jose Reyes nearly delayed return

Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes

#7 SS
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM52
  • HR1

  • RBI17

  • R36

  • OBP.382

  • AVG.335

Jose Reyes wanted to stay in the Dominican Republic past Thursday to mourn the death of his grandmother, but his father convinced him to return to New York in time for Thursday’s afternoon game.

Reyes was away for the team for three days, the minimum allotment for a player placed on MLB’s bereavement list. The maximum number of days MLB allows a player to miss is seven.

“I wanted to stay in the Dominican with my family. But my dad told me, ‘You need to go back. You have a job to do,’” Reyes said before Thursday’s Mets-Pirates game.

Reyes is leading off and playing short stop for Terry Collins’ Mets, who went 1-2 without Reyes.

Collins called Reyes’ return to the lineup “hugely important.”

“He’s a huge piece of this puzzle and his energy out there will make a huge difference,” said Collins, who reamed his players out after their sloppy play in a 9-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Reyes is 14-for-27 (.519) at the plate in his past six games.

Ruben Tejada took Reyes’ place at shortstop. He was a part of a Mets infield that allowed five infield hits in a five-run seventh inning on Wednesday. Tejeda contributed to the nightmare inning when he hesitated on a throw to Willie Harris at third on an attempted forceout at the bag.

Tejada is at second on Thursday with Justin Turner at third and Nick Evans at first against Pittsburgh lefty Paul Maholm.