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Jose Reyes' hamstring is feeling 'normal' again

Feb 17, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

Jose Reyes reported to Mets camp yesterday ahead of schedule, stepped onto a field for the first time since August, and declared himself back to “normal” again after missing all but 36 games last season with a torn hamstring.
Reyes said that he’s “been feeling very good” lately and admitted that he “tried to come back too soon” at the training staff’s urging last season, leading to a partial tear becoming a full tear that required surgery.
Here’s a longer Reyes quote, from Adam Rubin’s article in the New York Daily News:

I have to think it’s over. I’m working for that. I’m working so hard to try to stay healthy. I have to be strong in my mind. Hopefully that will never happen again. I’m really happy just to be here. It’s exciting just to be on the field for the first time.

Given all the Mets’ problems last year it seems kind of silly to point to one player’s return as crucial, but in the previous three seasons Reyes batted .292 with a .355 on-base percentage and .461 slugging percentage while averaging 66 extra-base hits, 66 steals, and 118 runs. Getting that production atop the lineup and his strong defense at shortstop for 150 games this year would go a long way toward turning the team around.

  1. BC - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Great, his hamstring feels like normal. That means it basically feels like his leg will fall off at any moment.
    90 games tops, this year.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 17, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Glad to hear his hamstring is OK. But from that picture, it looks like he just busted his ass again.

  3. Jonny5 - Feb 17, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    “Reyes said that he’s “been feeling very good” lately and admitted that he “tried to come back too soon” at the training staff’s urging last season, leading to a partial tear becoming a full tear that required surgery.”
    … Craig ,this one is for you.
    …I wonder??? hypothetically speaking. If a player had a career ending injury, due to negligence of a teams training staff urging a player to return to the field before an injury is healed enough to do so, could they sue the pants off of the team responsible??? Or is there some sort of ass covering contract teams invoke when they sign a player?

  4. Joe - Feb 17, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    BC, you are an idiot. Please get your facts straight before making such idiotic comments.
    90 games?
    Reyes played in at least 150 games in each season from 2005-2008, including 161 in 2005.
    He also had the most at-bats (2,712) and had at least 700 plate appearances each of those seasons, leading the National League twice in that category.
    Also, in three of those seasons, he led the league in stolen bases and triples.

  5. YANKEES1996 - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    There is very little doubt that Reyes will be one of the first guys injured. However he should seek medical diagnosis and treatment somewhere other than the Mets clubhouse!

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