NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets grounds out in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on August 7, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN, the New York Mets have placed Jose Reyes on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Rubin Tejada was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo, where he has been hitting .246 this year. Tejada has already played 52 games with the Mets this year, posting a .250 batting average and a .338 on base percentage.
Rubin also stated that Reyes's agent Peter Greenberg expects him to only miss two weeks.
Reyes left last night's game in the second inning and received an MRI on the hamstring. He also missed time from July 3rd to July 19th with this same injury. Last year, Reyes missed time with an oblique strain and a thyroid imbalance. The year before that, he achilles tendinitis and a right knee strain.
According to Baseball Prospectus, Reyes has missed 368 days to injury so far in his eight-plus year career. From 2005 to 2008, he was quite healthy - playing an average of 158 games per year.
When Reyes missed time earlier this year, Tejada simply filled in for him, which is what should be expected for this re-aggravation as well. Since the Mets are out of playoff contention this year, they will most certainly allow Reyes to take his time and fully heal from this injury before returning to the field as one of the best current short stops in the game.