Jul 15, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT
Jose Reyes was due to hit leadoff Thursday in Carlos Beltran’s return from knee surgery, but he was scratched prior to the game against the Giants and Tim LIncecum because he still doesn’t feel comfortable hitting left-handed as he deals with a strained oblique.
Reyes, who originally missed six days with the injury, tried hitting right-handed against righties last week with poor results, going 1-for-10 in three games. He is fine to hit right-handed and play defense, so he will be available off the bench tonight.
The Mets face lefties on both Friday and Sunday, so Reyes figures to start at least two games this weekend. Replacing him tonight at shortstop is Ruben Tejada. The Mets have also shifted Angel Pagan up to the leadoff spot and moved Alex Cora from eighth to second in the lineup.
It will change soon, but with Reyes getting scratched, the Mets’ star shortstop and center fielder still haven’t been in the lineup together since May 20, 2009.
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