Thursday, March 11, 2010

Reyes Out 2-8 Weeks, Here's Hoping For Two

According to Ted Berg on Metsblog, it seems like Jose Reyes is going to be out a little longer than we were originally led to believe.  Berg was in on a conference call today between reporters and Omar Minaya, where this bomb was dropped.

Berg relays that, "According to Minaya, Reyes will not need medication and the condition should not recur as long as he makes adjustments to his diet, " and continues "the current treatment plan calls for rest, dietary changes and refraining from athletic activity. Doctors will monitor Reyes’ thyroid levels through blood tests, and he will be cleared to resume baseball activities as soon as they are stabilized." 

Therein lies the problem.  It's unknown how long it will take Reyes' levels to stabilize, and therefore we have no idea how long it will take until they can even START to treat him.  Yikes.  And it gets worse when considering the opening day shortstop could be Alex Cora or Ruben Tejada, as Berg cites Minaya as saying, "'the reality is, it doesn’t look good,' for Reyes opening the season with the Mets."

I think overall, there's no use getting ticked about this.  Jose should be back at some point.  This is a treatable issue, and as much as this sucks (to put it bluntly), the worst case scenario seems like he and Beltran will return at the same time.  So that can't be that bad...

Personally, I would like to see Ruben Tejada given the chance to be the starter because, as much as I like Cora off the bench, last year proved he's not a starter.  At least Tejada shows upside, and is worth the look, because if nothing else it'll be a change from last season...

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