06/23/09 7:27 PM ET
Reyes, Ramirez OK after auto mishap
Car carrying injured shortstop, team trainer rear-ended
By Tim Britton / MLB.com
Shortstop Jose Reyes and trainer Ray Ramirez were involved in a car accident on Monday afternoon while driving to see a doctor. Neither was injured after the car in which they were riding was rear-ended by a fire truck on the Triboro Bridge.
"It was [scary] for the moment," Reyes said. "The truck hit very hard, but we're fine."
Manager Jerry Manuel was quick to quip that Ramirez may be more valuable than Reyes right now.
"I was more worried about Ramirez. He's the one who takes care of all of us," Manuel said.
Ramirez has been working overtime of late, with six Mets from the Opening Day roster on the disabled list. Carlos Beltran became the latest casualty on Monday, landing on the DL with a bone bruise in his right knee.
The Mets hope that Reyes, vehicular mishaps aside, is working his way back to the lineup. The shortstop, who hasn't played since May 20 because of a slight tear in his right hamstring, took batting practice and ground balls before Tuesday's game with the Cardinals.
He has yet to start running, however, and has limited himself to walking on the treadmill and some light jogging in the pool.
"I haven't started running yet, and that's going to take a while," he said. "Running is a big part of my game. If that's not there, it's tough for me to play."
Although Reyes and the Mets haven't put a timetable on his return, Reyes did say it would be difficult to come back before the All-Star break in mid-July.
"It's encouraging he's on the field -- that's huge for us -- but there's still a lot of progression that has to be made in order for us to even get a date as to when he would be ready," Manuel said.
The picture is clearing up a little for John Maine. Maine, who went on the DL on June 11 with fatigue in his right shoulder, threw 60 pitches in a rehab game for Class A St. Lucie on Monday night. Maine will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, and based off the results, could be back on the mound at Citi Field by Saturday.
Oliver Perez, who also appeared in a rehab assignment for St. Lucie on Monday, will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and could pitch again -- in the Minors -- on Saturday.
Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.