07/07/2006 11:04 PM ET
Reyes receives seven stitches in finger
All-Star shortstop will miss final three games before break
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Mets shortstop Jose Reyes received seven stitches in his left pinky on Friday night after being spiked by Florida first baseman Mike Jacobs on a head-first slide in the sixth inning.
Reyes said there was a large amount of blood from the wound, and that he was told he would not play on Saturday or Sunday. Currently listed as day-to-day after X-rays on the finger were negative, Reyes' status for the All-Star Game at Pittsburgh will be re-evaluated on Sunday.
"That's something you don't like to see happen, whether it's at home plate or first base," manager Willie Randolph said. "When you're in the heat of the moment and you're trying to get to the base and you're competing, that happens."
Reyes said he felt the instinct to dive head-first into the base, trying to beat out an infield hit on a ground ball to Jacobs. He said he "hopefully" would not try it again, though he naturally intends to continue sliding head-first on stolen base attempts.
"When we're in the game, we don't think about it," Reyes said. "We just do it. It's tough."
Earlier in the game, Reyes had singled, extending his hitting streak to seven games. The Mets' leadoff hitter is batting an even .300 this season, leading the Major Leagues in runs scored (74), triples (12) and stolen bases (39). The 23-year-old is also the National League leader in hits (111).
Randolph said he has spoken with his players about the dangers of sliding head-first into first base, but the action can prove difficult to resist.
"We talk about it all the time, but it's always easier said than done," Randolph said. "Even when I played, I'd do it every once in a while. You smell a hit and you're trying to get something going."
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Jul. 7, 2006 - 11:44 pm et
Jose Reyes won't play this weekend after getting seven stitches to close a cut on his left pinkie sustained in Friday's game.
His availability for the All-Star Game is in question. "The doctor says `Let's see how it feels in the next couple of days,'" Reyes said. With Reyes sidelined, the Mets will likely use Chris Woodward at short and Jose Valentin at second in both games on Saturday. A callup of Anderson Hernandez can't be ruled out, but they're not going to want to bump a pitcher to make room for him.
July 7, 2006, 10:12PM
Reyes Cuts Finger, May Miss All-Star Game
© 2006 The Associated Press
NEW YORK — New York Mets All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes left in the seventh inning of Friday night's 7-3 loss to Florida with a cut on his left pinky.
He appeared to get spiked on a headfirst slide into first base and needed seven stitches in the finger. X-rays were negative.
"Everything is fine," Reyes said, adding he would sit out Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's game against the Marlins.
As for Tuesday night's All-Star game in Pittsburgh, "The doctor says `Let's see how it feels in the next couple of days,'" Reyes said.
Reyes, who is hitting .300, extended his hitting streak to seven games with a first-inning single.
He was one six Mets selected to the All-Star team. Pitcher Pedro Martinez has already withdrawn because of a sore hip that put him on the disabled list.
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