Mets may place Reyes on DL Friday

NEW YORK -- The short-handed Mets likely will decide Friday whether to put shortstop Jose Reyes on the disabled list.

Reyes hasn't played since Wednesday after hurting his right calf at Los Angeles, an injury that kept him out of seven games on a 10-game trip. He tested his legs before Monday night's series opener against Washington but didn't run hard.

"It's not ready yet to go full speed," Reyes said.

He hopes to return when the leg feels about 80-85 percent. If he isn't ready by Friday, the Mets would put him on the DL and backdate the move.

"Sometimes his 80 or 90 might be better than what we have," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

No. 3 shortstop Ramon Martinez started, a day after leaving in the eighth inning with a tight lower back, and was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly in a 5-2 victory over the Nationals.

Reyes is only one of the hurting Mets.

Carlos Beltran was back in center field after a bruise just below his right knee caused him to shift to designated hitter for last weekend's series at Fenway Park. He went 2-for-3 with a walk, and is scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday.

"I just want to make sure that everything is going to be fine and it's not going to get worse," he said.

While he could play, the pain was distracting.

"Mentally I know something is wrong," he said.

Closer Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 13 chances. He had gone to a hospital with back spasms Saturday and credited "good medicine" for his return.

"I feel some discomfort. It's pretty normal. It's only been 48 hours," he said, describing his back as feeling "tightness, sore, a little bit of pain."

"But, it's a long season, 162 games," he said. "You're never going to feel well. It's always got to be something that's going to bother you.

"I'll be pitching tomorrow. If I did today, I'll be pitching tomorrow, too."

Ryan Church, however, missed his third straight start with a sore right hamstring. An MRI showed no damage, and while he felt better, he had discomfort caused by tendinitis.

Catcher Brian Schneider, out since April 16 with a back muscle strain, isn't ready to return despite playing in extended spring training.

"It becomes a difficult challenge when you play a National League club. It definitely becomes a difficult challenge because you need those pinch hits. You need that versatility," Manuel said. "Guys like Livan Hernandez will have to have spikes on the whole game. ... Mike Pelfrey might have to have spikes on the whole game because you don't know if you'll need a pinch hitter or something like that."

Manuel joked about the injuries during the trip with head trainer Ray Ramirez.

"I told him, 'Man, you spent more time at doctor's offices, hospitals, than you spent at the field. That's not a good thing,'" Manuel said.

General manager Omar Minaya said the Mets might bring up top outfield prospect Fernando Martinez because of the injuries.

Left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez (right knee tendinitis) will throw 50 pitches or more in a rehab outing Tuesday for Triple-A Buffalo.