Delgado, Reyes work out Sunday
Injured stars each take steps in right direction with drills
NEW YORK -- The Mets got some good news on the injury front when both Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes worked out before Sunday's game against the Reds.
Both did agility drills on the field while Delgado took his first batting practice in the indoor cage since undergoing right hip surgery on May 19.
"I was able to go over there and crank it up a little more," Delgado said. "It felt good, so we're very happy about that."
Delgado had hit off a tee and off soft tosses earlier in the week. The next step is to take batting practice on the field, which he hopes to do on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The agility drills may be an even bigger step for Delgado, who said his hip did not bother him as much at the plate even before the surgery.
Despite the apparent progress, the Mets and Delgado are hesitant to put an official timetable on his return.
"If it feels good, we're going to push it -- if it's not, then we're just going to be more cautious," Delgado said. "You know, they cleaned out my hip. You've got to develop the strength and the endurance in order to come back and play 50 to 60 games."
Delgado will head to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Monday.
Reyes will join him one day later. The shortstop looked fresh on the field during his own agility drills on Sunday.
"It was very encouraging to watch him move as freely as he was moving and to be able to not have a noticeable limp or anything," manager Jerry Manuel said.
Reyes' timetable is also still unclear. The Mets will wait to see how his right hamstring responds to the extra exertion. Reyes has not played since pulling himself from a game on May 20 in Los Angeles, and his rehabilitation has already suffered a few setbacks.
The Mets could certainly use Delgado's power and Reyes' speed back in the lineup. The team's 50 home runs rank last in the Majors and are 11 fewer than the 29th-ranked Pirates. Despite missing the past two months, Delgado's four long balls are good for fifth on the team.
Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.