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Mets morning briefing 8.30.11

Jose Reyes returned from the disabled list for Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader and went 1-for-4 with an error as the Mets took two games from the Marlins.

Tuesday's news reports:

• A 10-year-old Mets fan was struck by a foul ball in the ninth inning of Game 1 and was profusely bleeding. Justin Turner was unnerved after watching it unfold and handed the boy's mother his Mets jersey. Read more in Newsday.

• Stray dogs are menacing fans as they leave Citi Field, according to the Post. Write Amber Sutherland and Jeremy Olshan:

It's too bad the nine on the field don't play nearly as aggressively as the canines outside, the beleaguered Met fan said. "My friend, who's terrified of dogs, ran for her life faster than I've ever seen her run before," Elaine Feerick said. "I stood there and the pit bull rammed into me like a battering ram -- amazingly, I did not go down." The stray dogs have been wandering across 126th Street from Willets Point's no-man's land of auto-body shops, and onto the stadium grounds for years, stadium security guards told The Post.

Ike Davis ran twice last week without discomfort. He was scheduled to do so again Monday and Tuesday, after which a decision would be made about whether to avoid left ankle surgery. SI.com's Jon Heyman tweeted Davis may be able to avoid a procedure. There would be two surgical options -- a less-invasive arthroscopic cleanout, or the more involved microfracture surgery that requires making tiny cracks to stimulate blood flow and cartilage regeneration. "We'll see how the ankle responds and make a decision on surgery before Labor Day," Sandy Alderson told reporters. "No decision has been made yet. The last few days have been encouraging, but we'll wait and see what happens over the next couple of days. ... It's not clear that microfracture surgery would be necessary. It's possible that would be part of a procedure, but I wouldn't say it's a necessity at this point." Read more in Newsday, the Record, Post and Star-Ledger.

Johan Santana may return to game action in the minors this weekend. Alderson said it's "conceivable" Santana could throw an inning or two with the Mets this season.

R.A. Dickey tossed seven scoreless innings in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader and was pulled after 100 pitches so he can face the Nationals on Friday on short rest. The Mets otherwise would have needed a minor leaguer to make a spot start. Watch Dickey video here.

• Read game reports covering Reyes' return and the doubleheader sweep in the Record, Star-Ledger, Daily News, Times, Post and Newsday.

• The Mets wore their blue warm-up jerseys during the nightcap of the doubleheader. "Just mixing it up a little bit," a team official said.

• Reyes replaced a local product, Mike Baxter, on the active roster.

BIRTHDAY: Tug McGraw, who died in 2004, was born on this date in 1944.