Are Mets Babying Jose Reyes? Some Mets Players Think So…

An article by posted on March 31, 2010

In a NY Post exclusive, Mike Puma sheds light on one Mets player who doesn’t sound too pleased with how the Mets are “babying” Jose Reyes. This anonymous player has his own thoughts on whether Jose Reyes should start on Opening Day.

Just call this show “Everybody Loves Reyes.” Except that many Mets players aren’t laughing as the organization tries to decide whether Jose Reyes should be part of the team’s Opening Day roster.

On a day Reyes appeared in a minor league exhibition game against the Cardinals — his most extensive action since returning last Wednesday from an overactive thyroid — one Mets player told The Post there is a prevailing feeling in the clubhouse that the shortstop is being “babied” because the organization fears a potential public relations hit should the shortstop reinjure his hamstring. The player said Reyes belongs in the starting lineup for Monday’s season-opener against the Marlins.

“It’s kind of silly,” the player said. “You play the game. You can get hurt as easily playing [a minor league exhibition] as playing on Opening Day.”

It’s interesting that the player said there was a prevailing feeling in the clubhouse which would suggest a widespread sentiment regarding the “Reyes” situation.

Reyes played in a minor league game yesterday but was under orders to just hit and not run past first base. He was only limited to a few plays in the field. Afterward, Reyes said everything was great and if it were up to him he would play without any of these Mets imposed limitations.

So what do you think?

Are the Mets being too cautious with Reyes at this point as is the prevailing feeling in the clubhouse?

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