Jose Reyes apparently remembers trying to come back too soon at Dodger Stadium two years ago well. The shortstop brought up that mistake multiple times before Monday's series opener in L.A. in explaining why he has to proceed cautiously with the left hamstring injury suffered Saturday against the Yankees.
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Reyes plans to swing a bat Monday, but will wait until before Tuesday's game to attempt to run. Reyes indicated he will not rush back to the lineup at the risk of making the injury worse. In '09, Reyes turned a partially torn hamstring tendon into a fully torn hamstring tendon, then tore the hamstring itself during a series of false starts.
The Mets misguidedly faulted the Dodgers doctors at the time for determining Reyes was day-to-day.
“I don’t want to get on the field too soon, because I know what happened in 2009 when I tried to get on the field too soon,” Reyes said. “Everybody knows what happened.”
Terry Collins said he spoke with Sandy Alderson and is content for the short term playing with a 24-man roster. Collins would rather play a man down for a handful of days than place Reyes on the DL and lose his services for 15 days.
Reyes was noncommital on playing in the All-Star Game, but said he plans to be there nonetheless. He also attended in 2006 and last year when he was selected and unable to play.
Also on the injury front:
• David Wright's rehab games will wait until next week, according to Collins. The organization does not want to have Wright ramp up his activitity too quickly after being idle. Collins had previously floated late this week as the possible start of rehab games.
• Ike Davis (ankle) remains at his home in Phoenix. His attempts at serious running will wait until next week. If the cartilage damage still causes trouble then, season-ending surgery may ensue.
• Johan Santana threw off a mound again Monday in Port St. Lucie, according to Collins. The manager said Wright stood in the batter's box at one point to track pitches. (There has been some organization skepticism about whether Santana will pitch this season, but team officials portrayed the latest mound activity as a positive.) There is some gap between Santana throwing sessions. He last had thrown a bullpen session last Wednesday. Alderson said Santana likely will atempt another one on Thursday. After that, it could be the start of a spring-training-like program.