Carlos Delgado and JJ Putz are both on the bench due to bone spurns, and now Jose Reyes will be joining them. He will not start tonight’s game thanks to an injured ankle a stiff calf.
This could be a blessing in disguise as Reyes will get a chance to rest without being embarassed about a much-discussed benching following his poor base running over the past few games. No one on the Mets has said a benching had been a possibility, but it’s been chirped about a lot around the talk radio circuit.
Jerry Manuel said he didn’t think Reyes’ trot to second after what he thought might have been a homer in yesterday’s game was a lack of hustle. You’d think that the guy who notably yanked Reyes from the first game he managed last year after Willie Randolph was fired would have no problem benching Reyes. This way, he doesn’t have to.
Hopefully, Reyes will take this opportunity to reflect on his base running and maybe clear his mind a little. He’s practically played every game this season. A rest seems warranted, but only if it’s for a day or two. The Mets can ill afford to have three important players riding the pine at one time.