07/11/10 5:34 PM ET
Reyes won't play, but will still attend ASG
By Didier Morais / MLB.com
Before re-aggravating his right oblique injury Saturday afternoon, the shortstop said he flew nine family members from the Dominican Republic to join him for the festivities of the 81st Midsummer Classic.
And he doesn't plan to let them down. Reyes, who missed the 2006 All-Star Game with an injury, expressed his desire to savor the unique experience with his family.
"You know it's important to me, because not too many players have the chance to be there," Reyes said. "Even if I'm not going to play, I'd like to be there and spend some time with the other teammates who are going to be there. It's a beautiful experience to be around the other players from other teams. It's an enjoyable time of your life."
Feliciano sent down by Mets after win
NEW YORK -- Following the Mets' 3-0 victory over the Braves on Sunday afternoon, the club optioned outfielder Jesus Feliciano to Triple-A Buffalo, likely paving the way for Carlos Beltran's return after the All-Star break.
Before leaving the clubhouse, Feliciano wished fellow teammates well as his belongings sat in a packed bag in front of his locker.
"He did a great job for us," second baseman Alex Cora said. "He got his shot and he had a great month. We are proud and he's somebody we counted. Who knows he might be here in September, but we know he is a guy that can contribute."
Feliciano appeared in 20 games for the Mets during his stint in the Majors, batting .278 with two RBIs in 55 plate appearances.
Bay given extra day to recharge batteries
NEW YORK -- Jason Bay's All-Star break is starting a little earlier than expected.
After going 7-for-38 in his last 10 games with a .184 average, the struggling outfielder was given a day off Sunday by manager Jerry Manuel, with rookie Chris Carter penciled in as his replacement.
"I thought it would do [Bay] a world of good to exhale here at home," Manuel said. "He's been a little tired for awhile. But I think to start off fresh on the West Coast [on Thursday] would do him a world of good."
After signing a four-year, $66 million deal over the offseason, Bay has been mired in a season-long slump, batting .265 with six homers and 44 RBIs. But July has been a particularly difficult for the outfielder, who only boasts a .200 average.
His struggles, however, came to an ultimate crescendo Saturday afternoon. After Bay grounded into a double play in the fourth inning, the fans at Citi Field began to boo as he marched toward the dugout. Bay finished the day 0-for-3.
"I'm still pretty much learning Jason," Manuel said. "He's played hard. I still see him driving in 100 runs. But I don't foresee him hitting [36 home runs he hit last year]. But I think the RBIs are what's most important and he's capable of driving 100."
Break comes at perfect time for Mets' bats
NEW YORK -- The Mets' 4-0 loss against the Braves on Saturday marked the first time the club has dropped three consecutive games at home all season.
But Atlanta has been known to contribute to those streaks at Citi Field. Prior to this three-game stretch, the Braves independently accomplished the feat against the Mets last year on Sept. 21-23.
"Any time you're on a losing streak, you obviously want to stop that," manager Jerry Manuel said. "We knew we'd hit a bump on the road at some point. I thought the 17 games in a row with the Puerto Rico trip really took its toll on us as a team. I think to some degree, we're feeling the effects of that, at least offensively. The [All-Star] break couldn't have come at a better time for us."
The numbers certainly support Manuel's assertion. After scoring six runs in the first game of the homestand, the Mets have combined to total six runs overall in their last four games.
Didier Morais is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.