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Monday, August 29, 2011

Jose Reyes will be activated for Game 2 of the Double Header

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  the New York Mets plan to activate Jose Reyes for Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Florida Marlins, manager Terry Collins said.

Reyes delayed plans Sunday to travel to New York because of Hurricane Irene and was due to drive back Monday morning. He played three rehab games at Binghamton, N.Y., with the Mets' Double-A affiliate.

Reyes last appeared in a major league game Aug. 7. He had been idle because of a strained left hamstring for the second time during the second half of the season.

To guard against future injury, Collins said he would strategically rest Reyes the remainder of the season, and duplicate that plan next season assuming the shortstop re-signs with the organization as a free agent. Collins reasoned that it is better to have Reyes in the lineup for 150 games healthy than watch him land on the disabled list and only have him for 100 games.

Ruben Tejada, who has manned shortstop in Reyes' absence, will share second-base duties with Justin Turner for the remainder of the season, according to Collins. The manager said he may periodically rest David Wright and use Turner at third base, allowing both Tejada and Turner to be in the lineup.

"I'm going to make sure Tejada gets at-bats," Collins said. "He deserves it. He earned it."

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