Reyes sits with tightness in calf
Mets shortstop expects to return to action Friday
SAN FRANCISCO -- The baserunning gaffes that plagued Jose Reyes and the Mets in the late innings of Wednesday's game now come complete with a handy excuse: Reyes was hurt.
But don't expect him or any other Met to take that bait.
"That doesn't excuse it," manager Jerry Manuel said. "We can't go down that route."
Instead, the Mets spent Thursday discussing how the injury -- tightness in Reyes' right calf -- might affect the team moving forward. Reyes will miss Thursday's game, and he hopes that is all he will miss.
"I expect to be in the lineup [Friday], because one day of rest for me should make me feel better," Reyes said. "Let's see how it feels."
When describing his injury, Reyes pointed to the front of his shin, saying a pain there was reverberating to the back of his leg -- the calf. But a test administered Wednesday revealed nothing abnormal in the bones or muscles of that area, leading the Mets to believe a day of rest will do the trick.
Luis Castillo, a leadoff man for the bulk of his career, batted first against the Giants on Thursday, and Alex Cora filled in at short.
"It's painful right now," Reyes said Thursday afternoon. "But let's see how I'm feeling [Friday]."
Reyes made headlines the previous day for two critical baserunning errors -- one in the 12th inning, when he admired a leadoff hit long enough to shorten it from a would-be triple to a double, and one in the seventh, when he was thrown out trying to advance from second to third base on a groundout to shortstop.
Manuel addressed both issues with Reyes after the game and didn't foresee the errors being a chronic problem. Reyes, whom Manuel removed from a game last year after not hustling to first base on a routine grounder, has largely been a model citizen on the basepaths this season.
"He's a guy who wants to play every day," Manuel said. "He's one of the fighters, one of the warriors on the team. He just has to tone down that baserunning a little bit."
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.