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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Reyes, Santana, Teufel

Anthony DiComo of Mets.com says, Jose Reyes could return to the Mets a bit sooner than expected.

Days after saying Reyes had little chance to return from the disabled list when eligible on Aug. 23, Mets manager Terry Collins now believes such a timetable may be realistic.

"It's conceivable," Collins said on Wednesday afternoon, when asked if Reyes could be activated next Tuesday.

That much depends entirely on how Reyes responds this Friday, when he will attempt to run for the first time since straining his left hamstring earlier this month.

Reyes has spent this week taking batting practice, fielding ground balls, and throwing and moving laterally in the field. But running at full speed represents a much more significant test.

The last time Reyes strained his left hamstring, he missed nearly three weeks with the injury. But both he and Collins have classified this most recent strain as not quite so serious.

"I know it wasn't as bad as the first one, and he said he's been feeling good and he's ready to go," said Collins, who spoke to Reyes earlier this week by phone. "He just said, 'I'm ready to get back on the field,' which was a good sign."

Santana Notes:

Johan Santana (recovery from left shoulder surgery) is at least a week away from returning to a mound, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters on Wednesday.

Though still not official, it is nearly certain that Santana will not return to the Majors this season.

Teufel Shuffle: 

The Tigers plan to promote farmhand Shawn Teufel to Triple-A in time to face his father, Tim Teufel, a member of the 1986 Mets and current manager of Triple-A Buffalo.

The younger Teufel, a left-handed pitcher, will start for Toledo on Thursday against the Bisons.

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