No sooner did MLB Trade Rumors’ Howard Megdal raise the spectre of Jose Reyes’ 2011 option not being picked up by the Mets, the Amazins’ chronically injured shortstop was said to be in perfect health…by his agent. After hamstring surgery. Maybe. ESPN 1050’s Andrew Marchand listened to the campaign speech of a man who is sadly, unrelated to the former Customs/DMZ/Lyres guitarist who shares the same name.
“He is going to be good for next year,” Reyes’ agent, Peter Greenberg, told 1050 ESPN New York. “I don’t think that is a question.”
Greenberg, who consulted with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and GM Omar Minaya on Thursday morning, said that conservatively, Reyes should be able to start working out in December or January. That should give him ample time to be prepared to start spring training in the middle of February.
With Reyes’ legs, of course, nothing is certain. In fact, Reyes was on the verge of possibly playing this weekend before his new hamstring injury occurred on Tuesday. Greenberg watched Reyes in a workout this past Saturday and said Reyes looked “100 percent,” but then on Tuesday he was working out again and tore the hamstring.
When Reyes felt the latest injury and thought about what it might mean, having only played 36 games this season, he was “practically in tears,” according to Greenberg. Up to that point, Reyes’ rehab had improved to the point that Greenberg said he felt that Reyes was going to avoid surgery on his previous injury, a hamstring tendon.