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05/17/09 7:38 PM ET

New diagnosis, same result for Reyes

Mets shortstop sits with mild tendinitis in right leg

SAN FRANCISCO -- Preparing Sunday for a fourth consecutive game on the bench, Jose Reyes touched his tight right calf while his questioners touched a nerve.

"No," Reyes replied when asked if he had expected his leg to take this long to heal.

"Yes," he said when asked if he was frustrated.

"I want to be on the field, you know?" Reyes said. "It's hard for me to be sitting here and watching the other guys play. I'd like to be there, too."

But on the bench Reyes will remain, at least for one more game. For the fourth straight day, Reyes insisted that his calf had improved, but for the fourth straight day, the Mets were unwilling to take a chance. Reyes saw a doctor Saturday at AT&T Park and received a new diagnosis: a mild case of tendinitis in the leg.

Rest was the prescription, along with his now-usual routine of ice, heat and massage.

"I have to be worried about it, no doubt," Reyes said, rattling off a few contradictions. "It's getting better, but I mean it's slow. I don't think it's going to be that long before I get on the field."

Originally feeling the injury prior to Wednesday's game, Reyes tried to run since then but was met with pain. He has been taking regular fielding and batting practice and could conceivably pinch-hit in a close game, as he did Saturday, but running -- a Reyes forte -- remains an issue.

"It's affecting my running," Reyes said. "I'm not able to run the way I want to. That's dangerous. If I play like that, maybe I can make it worse."

"We just have to be careful with it," manager Jerry Manuel said, expressing surprise at how long the calf has taken to heal, but insisting that Reyes is not considering a trip to the disabled list. "It's still a little tender."

Manuel's only relief is that the Mets are doing just fine without Reyes. In three games against the Giants, the Mets have scored 24 runs, rapped out 42 hits and -- here's the kicker -- stolen 13 bases. That latter statistic is a franchise record over a three-game span.

Yet Reyes is missing the party.

"It's too boring for me to be on the bench," he said, hardly joking. "There's nothing to do there."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.