Jose Reyes set for rehab game

NEW YORK -- New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes "felt great" after running the bases on Sunday morning, but he will not be activated by the team on Monday, the first day he's eligible to come off the disabled list.

Manager Terry Collins said Reyes will play one minor league rehab game on Monday afternoon at Class A Brooklyn. He would then likely rejoin the Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field against the St. Louis Cardinals.

"He's going to Brooklyn," Collins confirmed after the Mets' 8-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon. "I anticipate (he'll only have to do) one rehab game. Hopefully he'll come out of it feeling good."

Collins said the Mets wanted to be "cautious" with Reyes, who has been on the DL since July 3 with a strained left hamstring.

"We'll let him play (in Brooklyn) and see how he feels and how he comes out of it," Collins said. "We don't want to activate him (Monday) and then he hurts himself and we've gotta disable him again. Let's just see how he comes out of a game first."

Reyes is eager to return, but says he's willing to do whatever the Mets tell him to do to get back on the field.

"I've been hitting and taking ground balls," Reyes said. "I've been running the past four days. I felt good. It's not a concern."

Reyes was asked what he'd do if he hit a ball into the gap.

"Triple," Reyes, the major league leader with 15 three-base hits, said.

Under the watchful eye of trainer Ray Ramirez, physical therapist John Zajac, Collins, general manager Sandy Alderson and agent Peter Greenberg, Reyes ran from home to first four times (three times through the base, once rounding it), first to third once, home to second and second to home.

"I think we did enough running," Reyes said. "I tested my legs in a lot of different ways. It is a relief. In the past I've had setbacks. I didn't expect to run this quickly, but I've been working hard and doing treatment."

Reyes, who is hitting. 354 and has had 42 multihit games, ran in a straight line on Saturday afternoon.

The 28-year-old, who missed the majority of the 2009 season with a right hamstring injury, is slated to become a free agent at season's end.

Right fielder Carlos Beltran missed his second consecutive game on Sunday afternoon with the flu. Willie Harris started in his place and hit third against the Phillies.

Beltran will likely be out Monday too, according to Collins.

"He came to the ballpark," Collins said. "He got an IV (Sunday). He got some fluids in him. He did not feel very good. He said his body was real sore. He may have even gotten another IV during the game, I'm not sure.

"As bad as he felt (Sunday), I'm not sure that he's gonna be in there (Monday)."

Collins put Harris in the No. 3 hole because he is a .313 career hitter against Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick with a triple and two home runs. Harris went 2-for-4 Sunday.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.