Reyes leaves with leg injury, Mets lose to Yankees
From the moment Jose Reyes left the game with a leg injury, the
New York Mets looked lifeless.
Now, they can only hope he heals faster than in the past.
”I’m concerned about it, obviously. You sensed it not only in
the dugout, you sensed it in the stands. The air came out of the
bubble,” Mets manager Terry Collins said after his team’s 5-2 loss
to the Yankees on Saturday. ”Right now, we’ll wait until tomorrow
to see what it is and then we’ll reassess what we’re going to do to
replace him. I’m sure once we hear from the doctor what’s going to
go on, we’ll make some decisions.”
Bartolo Colon came off the disabled list to pitch six shutout
innings and Eduardo Nunez homered in his latest big game at the
plate, leading the Yankees to their season-best seventh consecutive
Dillon Gee had one messy inning and Reyes left in the third with
tightness in his left hamstring, taking the starch out of the
suddenly slumping Mets. After setting a club record by scoring 52
runs in a four-game stretch, they’ve managed only five while losing
their past three.
Leading the majors in hitting, Reyes was scheduled for an MRI on
Sunday morning and it appears likely he will miss the Subway Series
finale as the Mets try to avoid a sweep.
”Every time I injure my leg, I have to be worried because it’s
my leg. Legs are a big part of my game,” Reyes said. ”Hopefully,
the MRI will show no damage tomorrow and I’ll be fine in a couple
The star shortstop felt tightness in his hamstring while beating
out an infield single in the first inning and then had a timid
break for second on a full-count pitch to Carlos Beltran. The Mets
said Reyes was removed as a precaution in the top of the third.
Reyes has been one of baseball’s best players this season. He
began the day leading the majors with a .352 batting average, 123
hits and 15 triples. He also led the NL with 65 runs scored. The
speedy switch-hitter can become a free agent after the World
Reyes has a history of leg injuries that limited the leadoff man
to 53 games in 2004 and 36 games in 2009, but he said this is the
first problem he’s had with his left hamstring.
”It’s not too much pain. I feel it a little bit,” Reyes said.
”I didn’t want to blow my hamstring again because I’ve been
through a lot with that.”
Held scoreless for the first five innings, the Yankees touched
up Gee (8-2) with four straight sharp hits in a four-run sixth
before a Citi Field-record crowd of 42,042.
Curtis Granderson lifted a 1-2 pitch to right for his 22nd home
run before Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez singled. Robinson Cano
ripped a two-run triple into the right-field corner and Nick
Swisher followed with a sacrifice fly.
”I just made a few bad pitches,” Gee said. ”They’re a good
team, so that’s what can happen. They can jump on you in one
Nunez added a solo homer off Tim Byrdak in the ninth to make it
5-0. Nunez also had a pair of doubles after going 4 for 4 with an
RBI in Friday night’s 5-1 victory.
The only time the Mets retired him it took a spectacular, diving
catch by second baseman Justin Turner.
Subbing at shortstop for injured Derek Jeter, Nunez is 7 for 8
with a homer and three doubles in the first two games of the
”Should have been 8 for 8. And if that catch isn’t made, that
might have been a triple,” Teixeira said. ”This is an impressive
two days for him in his first starts in the Subway Series.”
The sixth-inning outburst provided more than enough support for
the 38-year-old Colon (6-3), who picked up right where he left off
in his first start since June 11. The husky right-hander strained
his left hamstring in a 4-0 victory over Cleveland while covering
first base on a groundout.
Colon was on his game from the outset in this one, setting down
13 in a row after Reyes reached on that infield single to start the
Throwing 95 mph fastballs with his revitalized arm, the 2005 AL
Cy Young Award winner struck out six and walked none. He gave up
five hits, four singles, and clapped his pitching hand into his
glove after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the fifth when Gee
bounced into a double play.
Colon is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his last four starts, holding
his opponent scoreless three times.
”That’s as good as I’ve ever seen him, and I’ve seen him really
good,” Collins said.
Cory Wade tossed two scoreless innings and Sergio Mitre gave up
RBI groundouts to Jason Bay and Lucas Duda in the ninth.
NOTES: Ruben Tejada replaced Reyes at shortstop. … The Mets
are 3 for 24 (.125) with runners in scoring position over the last
three games. During the four games before that, they batted .484
(30 for 62) in those situations. … The Mets signed 16-year-old
Jose Garcia, a switch-hitting catcher from Venezuela, to a minor
league contract. … The Mets had won 11 of Gee’s first 12 starts
this season. … The Mets are 2-6 against the Yankees at Citi
Field, which opened in 2009. The Yankees have won 14 of the last 20
meetings overall, including four of five this year. … Mets CF
Angel Pagan turned 30.