Even More Devastating News For The Mets

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IJune 4, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 12:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets plays the field against the Atlanta Braves on May 12, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Braves 4-3 in 10 innings.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

As if the news that J.J. Putz may need elbow surgery wasn’t bad enough. Now we learn from SNY Reporter Kevin Burkhardt via Twitter that Jose Reyes has a tear in his hamstring.

The Mets have not yet disclosed how long he will be out, however the word around the blogosphere is that he will be out until at least the All-Star break. Even then, one has to wonder how healthy Reyes will be, especially since speed and running are a huge part of his game.

With injuries to both reserve shortstops, Ramon Martinez and Alex Cora, it may be wise for the team to pursue a veteran shortstop to help assist in manning the position.

One name to consider is free agent Ray Durham. Durham, who was once a star with the San Francisco Giants, isn’t a shortstop by trade. However, he is a great defender and most likely wouldn’t have trouble filling in for a few months. He also brings a decent bat into the lineup: as recently as last season he hit .289 and drove in 45 runs.

Another player that the Mets should consider is former Met Damion Easley. Like I’ve said over and over, Easley is familiar with the New York market and actually had a pretty good two year tenure with the team.

Regardless which direction the team decides to go in, it is evident that a move must be made to preserve the Mets chances of making the playoffs.