Reyes targets Wednesday

Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes

#7 SS
New York Mets

2010 STATS

  • GM112
  • HR8

  • RBI44

  • R73

  • OBP.323

  • AVG.287

Jose Reyes intends to play in Wednesday’s matinee series finale against the Nationals, which would mark his first game action since Aug. 26. Reyes has been dealing with a right oblique issue throughout the second half, which has never totally subsided.

"I think he wants to try to play the day game,” Jerry Manuel said. “He felt OK. He wants to swing again tomorrow and try to go the following day.”

PAYING TRIBUTE: Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon is headed to Washington D.C. on Tuesday. He forewarned the media a week ago in Atlanta that this visit was scheduled as to not create speculation that any firings were imminent if he appeared unannounced.

Wilpon plans to be part of a Mets contingent that visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Tuesday.

Josh Thole plans to go. Thole went with a baseball chaplain to the hospital for wounded army vets earlier this season, too, and was moved.

“I was 18 in pro ball and thought I had it bad,” Thole said. “They’re 18 with no arms or legs.”

OLLIE: Oliver Perez made only his fifth appearance since July 21. He entered for the seventh inning with the Mets trailing, 12-3. Perez allowed one run and three hits in two innings while striking out three and issuing no walks.

Perez’s first two relief appearances since his return came in the 12th inning. The last three appearances have come in games in which the Mets have lost by a combined margin of 36-7.

“This is one of the best I felt in maybe a long time,” Perez said. “I feel good for that. But that’s a really tough loss for us.”

Perez reiterated he intends to pitch for Culiacan in the Mexican League this winter, although he’s unsure when he will report and suggested he may wait until mid-November or December.

“In this offseason, I’m going to keep doing my routine, my workout,” Perez said. “I just want to come here and try to my best. I’m going to do my best to get back my spot.”

Does Perez think he will be back with the Mets in 2011? After all, it seems highly unlikely, even with him owed $12 million in 2011.

“I don’t know,” Perez said. “I have to do everything. I’ve got one more year. If I’m here, I’m going to do all the best for my team.”

CAREER DAY: Danny Espinosa’s six RBIs were the second most by a No. 8 hitter against New York in Mets history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Espinosa had two homers. The only No. 8 hitter to have a bigger day against the Mets: Adolfo Phillips of the Chicago Cubs on June 11, 1967 -- seven RBIs in Game 2 of a doubleheader.