The Mets got some good news today on the eve of the All Star break regarding shortstop Jose Reyes and first baseman Carlos Delgado.
According to several reports, both Delgado and Reyes worked out before Sunday’s game against the Reds and by all accounts everyone was all smiles.
They both participated in agility drills on the field, but then Delgado got his first batting practice swings since undergoing right hip surgery in May. He is expected to take the field on Tuesday for some more batting practice against live pitching and is heading to St. Lucie on Monday..
“I was able to go over there and crank it up a little more,” Delgado said. “It felt good, so we’re very happy about that.”
Nobody has set a timetable for his return, but this is great news and a sign that Delgado may be closer than the August return that was first expected. Delgado’s return could make a huge impact in the second half as the Mets try to get on track and begin to chase down the first place Phillies.
As for Reyes, he will also head to St. Lucie for more rehab and workouts as he gets set for the possibility of playing in some rehab games and begin to get ready for a possible return in late July.
The Mets have been careful not to rush either of them this time, As I mentioned above, no timetables have been set for their returns yet, but there was no hiding the fact the the players, coaches and observers were all very elated with today’s workouts.
Maybe I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself, but I can’t wait to see this lineup card hanging on the clubhouse wall again:
- Jose Reyes – SS
- David Wright – 3B (Yes, Wright should be batting second!)
- Carlos Beltran – CF
- Carlos Delgado – 1B
- Jeff Francoeur – RF
- Gary Sheffield – LF
- Brian Schneider / Omir Santos – C
- Luis Castillo – 2B
Even though I still wish we had a lefthanded platoon partner for Sheffield in leftfield, I have no problems pitting this lineup against any other lineup in the National League.
If we can stay in the pack for two more weeks and get Beltran, Reyes and Delgado back, we could hang on to our prospects and hold off on a trade for another big bat.
Who’s ready for a big second half? I know I am…