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UPDATE: Reyes denies diagnosis on thyroid

Mar 9, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

jose reyes headshot mets.jpgUpdate: Here’s a quote from the translated version, available on

“The specialists who took care of me in New York have told me that I’m
fine and that there’s nothing wrong with my thyroid. The test [taken to
follow one conducted during his physical] showed that I’m fine. We just
have to wait for the results of the additional test. The [doctors] found
inflammation in my throat and no medicine to treat the thyroid or any
other condition has been prescribed.

We await some clarification from the team on Wednesday.

10:40 pm: Interesting. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Jose Reyes denied reports about his thyroid, stating that he only had inflammation in his throat and did not need drugs for a thyroid condition. Reyes said that he was only told to avoid seafood because of its iodine content and be checked out every three weeks.

Of course, there is a relationship between iodine and the thyroid gland, so perhaps there’s some semantics at play here — or my Google translator is completely wrong. Reyes acknowledged that he is still awaiting results of a second test, so a full course of action hasn’t been determined yet.

7:00 pm: According to Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News, Jose Reyes has been diagnosed with an overactive thyroid. The club would reveal little else this evening, other than to say Reyes will remain in New York for additional tests to determine treatment. Results of the tests are not expected before Thursday.

A well-deserved dark cloud follows nearly every medical situation surrounding the Mets at this point, but this particular thyroid condition is not considered serious and is fully-treatable with medication. There’s no word on when Reyes will be able to resume baseball activities, but this figures to be only a minor setback.

  1. Lawrence From Plattekill - Mar 9, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    “Fully treatable” is a very vague phrase. As a medical editor, I know that there are often difficulties treating any condition, and especially conditions that may be permanent.
    Mild hyperthyroidism may be treated with medications, but they have to be taken every day, and one of the common side effects is joint aches, not the best side effect for base stealers. Sometimes the hyperthyroidism goes away, but sometimes it comes back. If it’s serious enough that the thyroid needs to be removed, then you have to treat the resultant hypothyroidism for life.
    Not that this is necessarily a problem for Reyes. It may be that it is only a minor setback, and can be fully controlled with little effort. But it’s not a given.
    Let’s all hope that he recovers quickly and fully.

  2. John Pileggi - Mar 9, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Good news for Mets and Jose. Maybe the luck is changing…..

  3. Jroll - Mar 9, 2010 at 9:16 PM


  4. Lisa - Mar 9, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Does he have Hashimoto’s or Grave’s? Either will make him feel really crappy and even with meds he won’t be at full strength until the problem is fixed, with with radiation or surgery and then thyroid replacement meds.

  5. Old Gator - Mar 9, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    What in the name of Buddha is it with this team and medical information? Every ache, pain, tear, sprain, sneeze, cough, break, twist and hiccup arrives in a bunch of different versions – it’s like a baseball version of Rashomon every time. Sheesh. This organization looks like it’s sitting at the juncture of multiple karmic cycles, all of ’em bad.

  6. jawbone - Mar 10, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had a thyroidectomy. I’ve been on synthetic thyroid hormone for over 4 years now, and I’m still not feeling normal. I’ve been told I probably never will.
    But, if Reyes had been told he didn’t have thyroid cancer, he might interpret that as being “fine,” since he was probably told his hyper condition could be easily taken care of.
    However, based on friends who were hyperthyroid and had radiation to kill off some thyroid tissue to lessen the natural hormone output, then had to work for a long time to get the synthetic and natural in “balance,” it takes time. Years for my friends, but it also took finding an endocrinologist who cared.
    Now, endos are notorious for paying more attention to test results numbers than to patient input as to how the patient feels. Most of us with limited choice of endos due to our insurance plans (if we’re so luck as to have insurance) have to really work hard to get the docs to realize we’re not feeling all that well, have fatigue, sleep problems, heart palpitations, etc.
    I’m assuming that Reyes will have docs who are paid to pay careful attention to how well he’s reacting, to listen closely to how well he’s feeling, and will do everything in their power to get him back to primo condition ASAP.
    I wish him the very best of health and good docs.

  7. FredG - Mar 10, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    Gosh, what’s so big about this diagnosis. Hyperthyroidism is easly treated and not life threating. This is a story that never should have made the sport pages. I am sure he’ll get the proper treatment and will be A-OK to play ball.

  8. RET6408 - Mar 10, 2010 at 8:03 AM

    With Hashimotos your thyroid can be overactive underactive or in some cases the thyroids levels will remain in the normal range. In any case its usually progressive in that he may need thyroid replacement down the road. This condition could be described as an inflamation of the thyroid.

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