Mets Should Rest Jose Reyes Until After All-Star Break

Keith BennettCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 05:  Jose Reyes #7 and Josh Thole #30 of the New York Mets prepare to play against the Cincinnati Reds on July 5, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Jose Reyes said his injury still only allows him to bat comfortably from the right side, but he indicated he would try batting righthanded against righty pitchers if Jerry Manuel allows it.

It sounds like Reyes is not 100 percent. He can't hit from the left side of the plate, but his legs seems like they are in good order.

The Mets could wait after the All-Star break to bring Reyes back. Beginning the second half of the season with Beltran and Reyes back healthy would be a big plus.

If Reyes isn't healthy, don't risk him for the year to play a few days early. He reported no problems with fielding or running. "It's been six days and I haven't played a game," Reyes said. "It's time to get back on the field."

The Mets must be very careful with Reyes. They need him for the playoff run.