Mets fans had to fear the worst, however, watching Reyes writhe in pain on his back after sliding in on a double. His rookie season ended in similar fashion last August 31, as Reyes suffered a Grade 2 sprain of his left ankle.
Wednesday brought Reyes his sixth leg injury in the past two years and the second of this season – a spring training hamstring strain knocked Reyes out of the Mets lineup for almost three months – but Mets manager Art Howe seemed to express no regrets after the game about leaving his star infielder in long enough to suffer the same injury twice.
In fact, to the contrary, Howe seemed to show the glee of a schoolchild passing a spelling exam. Howe told reporters that he was "proud of him. I'm glad he stayed in the game.
"You start taking people out for a little bit of this, a little bit of that, they'll never deal with any discomfort," Howe told reporters, vaguely touching upon the organizational belief that Reyes had babied his way back from the hamstring injury this spring.
When Reyes returns to action, be it Thursday or at a later date, the surest way to tell if his legs are back in order will be his stolen base totals.
Reyes admitted that he was beginning to feel like the speedster of last season in the last two weeks, as exhibited by his sudden surge in steals – he'd stolen nine bases in the last eight games coming into Wednesday's action, including three games with two swiped bags. He is 12-for-13 this season in steal opportunities.
The New York Post noted Thursday that, even though Pirates hurler Kris Benson is widely believed to be headed to the Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh is still scouting St. Lucie Mets outfielder Lastings Milledge.
The Mets have already told the Pirates that they'd be willing to part with Wigginton and Double-A hurler Matt Peterson for Benson.