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Reyes ready to start 2nd half

Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes

#7 SS
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM81
  • HR3

  • RBI32

  • R65

  • OBP.398

  • AVG.354

New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes was one of the baseball's best players in the first half.

After missing 12 games with a hamstring injury, Reyes is ready to pick up where he left off.

The All-Star returns to the Met lineup on Tuesday, batting leadoff as the Mets take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets (47-48) will also get All-Star right fielder Carlos Beltran back. Beltran missed three games due to a viral infection that he said resulted in fevers of "104, 105" degrees.

The effervescent Reyes was itching to return to the field when he spoke with reporters prior to Tuesday's first pitch.

"It's exciting," Reyes said of his return, "because the first half was enjoyable not only for me but for the whole team. We played very good baseball. Now I'm healthy again and I'm going to continue to do my job and continue to help this team as much as I can."

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