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    ARLINGTON -- The air of expectation surrounding Jose Reyes is great.
    His coming has been foretold for the better part of two seasons by every baseball pundit and publication, many of which predicted that the youngster will quickly cement himself atop the Mets batting order and stay there for the next decade or two. So naturally, there will be some excitement surrounding the arrival of the wunderkind Tuesday night when the Mets kick off a six-game road trip against the Rangers at The Ballpark in Arlington.

    Reyes, who will turn 20 on Wednesday, had his contract purchased and was placed on New York's 40-man roster when shortstop Rey Sanchez went back on the disabled list with a strained left thumb. This is Sanchez's second turn on the DL because of the thumb and with the Mets in last place in the National League East, it seemed like the time to give Reyes his first taste of life in the Major Leagues.

    But Reyes' stay atop the Mets' batting order, and even his place in the lineup, only appears to be a short-term fix until Sanchez's expected return next weekend. If New York is intent on keeping Reyes around for good, it's not a decision it is making public. General manager Steve Phillips has said all season that Reyes' arrival in the Major Leagues would come only when his maturation and the club's needs coincided. He downplayed the idea Tuesday that Reyes is coming to the big leagues to stay.

    "We expect Jose's stay with the Major League club to be of short-term duration," Phillips said. "With Rey going on the disabled list, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity for Jose to get his first big league experience. We expect to Jose to go back to [Triple-A] Norfolk when Rey returns."

    Reyes was batting .269, modest compared to the .290 career average he had in his three previous minor league seasons. But he has had leg problems dating back to January -- he strained a left quadriceps muscle playing winter ball -- that contributed to his slow start in Spring Training. Reyes also had right hamstring problems that limited him for a time at Norfolk.

    Reyes, a wispy 6-footer who checks in at 160 pounds, relies mostly on his legs. He has a knack for turning singles into doubles and doubles in triples. He has four triples in 160 at-bats this season after leading all of the minor leagues last year with 19. He also has four doubles and 13 RBIs to go along with his International League-leading 26 stolen bases.

    Sanchez, meanwhile, was on the disabled list from May 10-27 with the same injury. He raised his average from .196 to .225 by going 10-for-32 with three RBIs since returning. But his thumb was never quite healed and began acting up last week. He went 0-for-8 in a doubleheader loss to Milwaukee on Thursday and didn't play over the weekend against Seattle. His stay on the DL is retroactive to June 6.

  • #2
    2-3 with a double. Not bad...certainly not bad for your first game.......at 19 years old. Nothing to get excited about yet, only one game.

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    • #3
      With Astacio gone for the season, the Mets are missing a Starter (Bacsik hasn't filled in well). I only wonder how much more time Heilman is going to get in AAA.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sandman
        With Astacio gone for the season, the Mets are missing a Starter (Bacsik hasn't filled in well). I only wonder how much more time Heilman is going to get in AAA.
        I saw this kid Heilman a couple of times during spring training and he really impressed me. Nasty curve ball! I think he'll be added to the roster before you know it. As for their stats with the Tides, you are right about Bacsik.

        W-L ERA SO
        Heilman 6-2 3.15 50
        Bacsik 0-4 5.79 25

        Bring him up!
        "Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century."

        ~Mickey Mantle

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        • #5
          I don't know why they'd continuosly bring up Bacsik when their stats look like that . I guess they are serious about not rushing Heilman and not caring about Bacsik.

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          • #6
            No rest for Leiter;
            Heilman up next?





            ARLINGTON - The Mets plan for Al Leiter to pitch on three days' rest tomorrow against Texas, followed by either Mike Bacsik or Jeremy Griffiths on Friday in Anaheim. If Tom Glavine can't go Saturday, the Mets will go with the one who doesn't pitch Friday or Aaron Heilman.
            Glavine, bothered by a bone spur in his left elbow, said he felt a "dull bang" when he played catch yesterday, "considerably less" discomfort than in his last outing. He will throw a side session today and have a better idea of whether he will return Saturday or Monday after that.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sandman
              No rest for Leiter;
              Heilman up next?


              Hey...you think they can convince this guy to come down from the booth and help out for a while?? He could probably pitch better than Bacsik...
              "Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century."

              ~Mickey Mantle

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              • #8
                He could probably pitch better than Leiter Glavine or Trachsel too.

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                • #9
                  In spectacular fashion, the Yankees managed to get the Mets off the Back Page and off the Radar last night!

                  How sweet it is!!!!!!


                  c.

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                  • #10
                    Let's see if Houston can do it for night #2

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                    • #11
                      Grand Slam today . Trachsel also pitches a 1-Hitter.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sandman
                        Grand Slam today . Trachsel also pitches a 1-Hitter.
                        Small miracles do happen......:gt
                        "Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century."

                        ~Mickey Mantle

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                        • #13
                          Keep the faith.....one NEVER knows with this team, where it will all lead!

                          Maybe now would be right time to bring back Tug's "YA GOTTA BELIEVE".

                          You are right, miracles do happen - and this is the City that has had quite a few of them!

                          c.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DODGER DEB
                            Keep the faith.....one NEVER knows with this team, where it will all lead!
                            c.
                            You got that right. Tonite they start a 4 game series v. the Marlins with Glavine on the mound. I wonder how he'll do....
                            "Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century."

                            ~Mickey Mantle

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                            • #15
                              Well........it looks like we got ourselves a shortstop. He might be batting .214 or so but his fielding is another story. He's made some really nice plays against the Marlins tonite. If he could only get his BA up a little......

                              BTW....Wiggy's the man.....saved the game last night with a base hit and just hit a homer to add an insurance run. Way to go!!
                              "Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century."

                              ~Mickey Mantle

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