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Jose Reyes set to begin rehab assignment Thursday

Aug 22, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

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The Mets have lost three in a row and nine out of 11 to fall six games under the .500 mark, but they are close to getting a much-needed boost for their lineup.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Jose Reyes is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Binghamton.

Reyes, who hasn’t played since aggravating his left hamstring on August 7, ran the bases for the first time before tonight’s game against the Phillies and plans to do so again tomorrow.

“Less tomorrow because I’m getting close to playing in the game,” Reyes said about the intensity of Tuesday’s activity. “I’m not going to go crazy, because the last five days I’ve been running a lot.”

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the Mets are penciling Reyes in for three or four games in the minors, which means he could return as soon as Sunday against the Braves.

Reyes, an impending free agent, is batting .336/.377/.507 with five homers, 37 RBI, 34 stolen base and an .884 OPS over 462 plate appearances this season.

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