Mets' Reyes has small tear in hamstring tendon

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The Mets announced Thursday night that shortstop Jose Reyes has a small tear in his right hamstring tendon. The team is not estimating when Reyes might return, but early reports are suggesting he'll be out until July.

Reyes left a rehab game at extended spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Wednesday. He was examined by Dr. Struan Coleman and then underwent an MRI at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery. Reyes had severe hamstring problems early in his career.

"[An] MRI revealed a small tear in his right hamstring tendon, a new injury. Reyes will rest for two days and then resume treatment," the Mets said in a statement.

The Reyes news caps a dreadful few days in Pittsburgh, where the Mets were swept. Setup man J.J. Putz is going to see a doctor as well with the expectation that he may need elbow surgery after performing poorly in Pittsburgh. Putz experiencing "sharp pain" in his right elbow Thursday.

This is being considered a new injury for Reyes, who has been bothered in recent weeks by a calf injury that's said to be in the same area.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel rather optimistically had predicted Reyes would return sometime within the next week. He was eligible to come back Friday. But now he will be out a lot longer than that.

The Mets have Alex Cora, who just returned from a thumb injury, and Wilson Valdez to play shortstop now. Ramon Martinez is out with a dislocated pinky.