Be aware....here is to him playing tonight and beyond without any issues...
Reyes jams finger, but he's OK
Saturday, August 26, 2006
BY M.A. MEHTA
NEW YORK -- The Mets got a scare after Jose Reyes appeared to hurt his left hand on a headfirst slide into second base in the fifth inning of last night's 4-3 loss to the Phillies. Jimmy Rollins stepped on Reyes' hand, but manager Willie Randolph said the Mets' offensive catalyst was fine after the game.
"He's okay," Randolph said. "He just jammed his finger a little bit. I think he'll be okay for (tonight)."
Reyes, who needed seven stitches in his left pinkie after getting spiked on a headfirst stolen-base attempt against Florida on July 7, said he expected to play tonight.Oliver Perez will make his Mets debut tonight in Tom Glavine's turn in the rotation. Perez, who came over with Roberto Hernandez from Pittsburgh in the Xavier Nady deal at the trade deadline, was scratched from his start at Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday. The left-hander has given up just one run in 13 innings in his past two starts with the Tides.
Glavine, who learned earlier in the week that he will not need season-ending surgery for a blood clot in his left shoulder, tossed the ball before the game yesterday and is expected throw off a mound for a bullpen session today.Carlos Beltran scored a run in his eighth consecutive game. ... The Mets extended their errorless streak to a season-high eight games.Randolph remained optimistic that injured backup catcher Ramon Castro will be return before the postseason. Castro, who underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery on Wednesday after injuring himself on a rehab assignment with the Brooklyn Cyclones earlier in the week, spoke with the manager yesterday.
"He felt good," Randolph said. "There's not a whole lot of swelling in there, which is nice. It's good to see him in pretty good spirits. Now it's just a matter of (getting) some work in before the end of September."
Castro, already rehabbing from a strained left rib cage, was moved to the 60-day disabled list after straining his medial collateral ligament and tearing his meniscus. Randolph said Castro would likely play a few games in the instructional league when he is ready before rejoining the Mets.
"As long as he can squat and run," Randolph said, "I think he'll be fine."
Even when Castro returns, Randolph said he would probably use him sparingly to spell Paul Lo Duca in the postseason. Randolph said he would likely minimize Lo Duca's rest in the playoffs.
"When you get into the postseason, you want your best guys out there," Randolph said. "You're hoping that you don't have to use (Castro) anyway."Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Sam Holbrook in the fifth for arguing that Endy Chavez was guilty of batter's interference on a bunt attempt.Jose Valentin had the night off to rest his sore right hamstring.Cliff Floyd, recovering from Achilles' tendinitis, took batting practice at the Mets' minor-league complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., yesterday. Randolph said the veteran outfielder could be ready to play in rehab games on Monday and possibly rejoin the Mets by the end of next week.
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