Jose Reyes' agents requested the doctor who performed the shortstop's 2009 surgery review the MRI of his strained left hamstring. Reyes has not improved enough to permit him to run, and the Mets would not ask him to do so anyway unless the second doctor agrees that's prudent. Dallas-based doctor Daniel E. Cooper performed the hamstring tendon surgery on Reyes' other leg on Oct. 15, 2009.
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"We've held off on the running test for a combination of reasons," Sandy Alderson said. "One, we don't think Jose is ready to run. And secondly we wanted to wait for that second opinion, that second reading of the MRI."
Alderson added: "Based on what we have right now, I don't see him playing in the next day or two."
Alderson did not say this explicitly, but he sounded as though if the doctors concur that Reyes should be available for the first series after the All-Star break against the Phillies, they would be more inclined to keep Reyes active and have a short bench for the remainder of the Dodgers series and in San Francisco. If Reyes were DL'd, he would be disqualified from the Phillies series.
Alderson did not commit to a stance on Reyes participating in the All-Star Game on Tuesday in Phoenix except to note: "Look, if he doesn't play for us over the next four days, having those three extra days of rest would be valuable. ... I think we owe it to him to wait as long as we can on participating in the All-Star Game."
On trade questions, Alderson suggested the Mets moving over .500 has made them "relevant." The GM indicated he is judging how to proceed before the July 31 trade deadline by evaluating 10-12 game increments. In essence, if the Mets succeed over the next dozen games, he owes it to them to keep the team intact.
Asked if being 6½ games out in the wild card is in contention, Alderson replied: "What I kept looking at was the .500 mark. To be relevant, we had to get over .500. We're a couple of games over now. I think we are relevant. Last night, one team in our division lost. So it's a tough division. I don't think there's any doubt about that -- arguably the toughest in baseball."
Could he really dismantle if the Mets move a few games closer?
"Never say never, but we all want to win," Alderson said. "We all want to compete. And that's true of the front office as well."
Alderson added that even though it's July, it's largely too soon for other teams to be willing to engage in serious trade discussions at this point.
"First of all, there's a question of our direction and making that determination internally," Alderson said. "But to actually do anything, if you're referring to trades, requires more than one party. And even though we're in July, it's still a little bit early for most clubs to fully engage in serious trade discussions. Whether we want to do something or not, it may not be an option for us at this point."
Alderson said he does see July 31 "as a bright line, if you will" -- meaning there are clear-cut benefits to trading a player before that deadline if the determination has been made to dismantle. Even though it seems highly likely a player such as Carlos Beltran or Francisco Rodriguez would clear waivers in early August because of their large salaries -- and therefore be tradeable to any team even after July 31 -- Alderson said there's a risk involved there.
Say a team does claim Beltran (full no-trade clause) or K-Rod (10 team no-trade). Then the Mets can only deal with that team, as was the case with Billy Wagner and the Boston Red Sox two years ago.
The player can refuse the trade or claim if he has a no-trade clause that involves that team. If that happened, the Mets would have no recourse and must hold onto the player, losing the ability to trade him.
• David Wright will not be ready to participate in rehab games during the All-Star break, and Alderson confirmed he will not be back in time for the post-break series against the Phillies. Terry Collins expressed that sentiment when the manager said he was skipping a planned All-Star break trip to Port St. Lucie, Fla., to watch Wright. "I can watch him catch groundballs anytime," Collins said. Collins did indicate Wright is doing more running, but that he has not yet seen live pitching. The third baseman plans to go through pregame drills with the Class A St. Lucie team on Thursday.
• R.A. Dickey said he still had a dull discomfort from a muscle strain with his left glute when he threw a bullpen session Wednesday. But the knuckleballer will proceed with Friday's scheduled start in San Francisco. "You're just cognizant that it's there," Dickey said. "It wasn't painful like when I went out for the fifth inning against the Yankees, but I knew it was there. It's just a dull soreness. ... It's a smart decision that I came out when I did. That was a hard thing for me to admit, but it was the right decision in the moment. If I would have went out for another inning, I might have had to miss one (start)."
• Johan Santana will throw another bullpen session Thursday. Alderson differentiated between the southpaw and Wright, suggesting Wright could be a contributor for meaningful games before the trade deadline. "I think we look at Johan more as someone who should pitch this year if he can -- not with a view toward winning a pennant for the New York Mets, but in terms of his progression going into 2012," Alderson said.