NEW YORK -- Though the Mets will not play Saturday or Sunday, manager Terry Collins expects injured shortstop Jose Reyes will be able to play in his third and final rehab game Saturday at Double-A Binghamton.
If he does, Reyes will have Sunday off before playing in one game during the Mets' Monday doubleheader against Florida at Citi Field.
"I don't know if they're deciding to move their game up to the middle of the day [Saturday]," Collins said. "If that would be the case, then I would think he'd get his three games in and be available, because he's going to have Sunday off anyway, no matter where he's at. I have not talked to anyone in Binghamton to find out what tomorrow's schedule is going to look like, but I know they're going to try to get it in."
Collins' decision to give Reyes a game off Monday is part of his plan to rest Reyes in order to keep him on the field. The Mets' most productive player this season when healthy, Reyes is currently on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring for the second time this season.
"I've already told him, if next summer -- I think he's going to be here -- but next summer if he's here, if he plays 150 of 162, that's still better than playing 100 of 162 because I don't need him to be out for three weeks at a time," Collins said. "I told him, 'We're going to have arguments, we're going to have discussions about ... because you're going to want to play.'
"I just think that we've got to probably be very understanding of certain nights where you've got a two or three-day span where he's running, running, running, running all over the bases and all the sudden we've got a day game. There's a good chance he's not going to be playing in that day game."
Bay expects to get back in Mets' lineup Monday
NEW YORK -- Mets left fielder Jason Bay will not play Friday after jamming his right shoulder attempting to make a diving catch against the Phillies on Tuesday. The MRI he underwent Friday revealed no structural damage, and Bay expects to be ready to play in time for Monday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
"I played Wednesday, it was pretty sore. I just thought I would get the off-day," Bay said. "I got here, it was still sore. So we ran to the hospital and got an MRI really quick just to make sure."Bay would have to miss three days to heal his right shoulder, but the Mets postponed their Saturday and Sunday games against the Braves in anticipation of Hurricane Irene, allowing Bay to miss just the one game. He is batting .233 this season with a .318 on-base percentage and a .341 slugging percentage. He was replaced in left field by Jason Pridie for Friday's game.
"The luxury we have of not playing the next two days, which never happens, actually works in my favor," Bay said.
On Friday, the Mets placed outfielder Scott Hairston on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 24 with a strained left oblique and selected the contract of right-hander Miguel Batista from Triple-A Buffalo. Batista, who posted a 4.60 ERA in 29 1/3 innings with St. Louis this season, could start Wednesday for the injured Jon Niese.
Aaron Taube is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.