NEW YORK -- Mets shortstop Jose Reyes plans to run the bases Sunday. If he makes it through the workout pain-free, there is a possibility Reyes will be activated on Monday -- the first day he is eligible to return from the disabled list.
"We don't know yet," Reyes said of the possibility of returning Monday. "We have to wait and see how I'm going to perform on Sunday ... then we'll determine what we're going to do after that."
Reyes ran the bases on Friday, just as he has for the past several days. He says he is not feeling any pain in his left hamstring, which he strained on July 2.
Reyes will run in a straight line to test the injury Saturday. If all goes well, he will run the bases Sunday. At that point, general manager Sandy Alderson will huddle with the Mets' medical staff to determine the next step for Reyes.
Manager Terry Collins said that if Reyes gets through the strenuous workout he'd like to put him through on Sunday, the shortstop won't "necessarily" need to play in a minor league rehab game.
Alderson cautioned recently that Reyes likely wouldn't be able to return Monday, stating Thursday that Reyes' injury was likely to sideline him for another week.
But Reyes says that, as long as he's pain-free, he'd like to return to the big leagues immediately.
"The last five days it's been very good. So hopefully it can continue to feel like that," Reyes said.
He added: "It's two weeks already so far and I've been feeling pretty good. When I'm feeling good I try to go on the field as soon as possible because I want to be on the field. ... I've been hitting all the time, playing catch, taking ground balls. Baseball-wise, I've been doing everything but like I said, we need to wait and see what we need to do."
Reyes missed a majority of the 2009 season with a right hamstring injury, but said his current injury pales in comparison to the pain associated with the 2009 ailment.
"This one is different because it's not that big of a deal. But I know my body better now," he said.
Reyes, who is hitting .354 and had 42 multihit games in the team's first 81 games, will be a free agent at the end of the season. He was asked if he is more cautious with his current injury, given his pending free agency.
"I don't worry about my contract situation. I just want to be on the field to help my team win a lot of ballgames," he said.
He also said the Mets would miss recently traded closer Francisco Rodriguez, but he believed there was enough talent left in the bullpen to get the job done.
"He's one of the best closers in the game but we have some guys, we have talent to do that job," Reyes said. "We're going to miss K-Rod because the couple years he was here he was very good for us, he was a good teammate, a good guy around the clubhouse and like I said it is what it is. This is baseball."
Ian Begley is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.