NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Reyes was placed on the bereavement list Monday, leaving the New York Mets with only three regulars in the lineup for their series opener against Pittsburgh.
The All-Star shortstop, on a tear at the plate recently, found out Monday afternoon that his grandmother died. He flew home to the Dominican Republic.
Reyes will be sidelined three to seven days, according to bereavement list rules. The Mets said they are not sure how long he will be away from the team.
To replace him on the roster, New York activated reliever Bobby Parnell from the disabled list.
Left fielder Jason Bay was given a planned day off, so the only regular starters in the lineup were right fielder Carlos Beltran, center fielder Angel Pagan and catcher Josh Thole. Third baseman David Wright and first baseman Ike Davis are on the disabled list.
Beltran left Sunday’s game with tightness in his left hamstring but told manager Terry Collins he was fine to play.
“With Jose out of the lineup for a few days, we’ve really got to rally around each other,” Collins said. “We’ve got to understand that it’s going to take everybody that’s on that bench and in that lineup to get the job done.”
In other news, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey remains slated to make his scheduled start Tuesday night. Dickey left his left outing at Wrigley Field with an injury to his right foot and was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia.
He threw a full bullpen session Sunday and tested his foot on the field Monday with drills designed to simulate covering first and backing up bases. Collins had said those sort of plays were his biggest concern.
“It’s definitely something you can play through,” Dickey said. “If it would’ve been an issue, I’d have to speak up. But having thrown my bullpen yesterday and done some stuff today — and recovered well from yesterday’s bullpen — all the signs point to the fact that it’s going to be getting better as we go along here. Tomorrow should be no different.”
With Reyes out, Ruben Tejada moved from second base to shortstop and Justin Turner shifted back to second. Willie Harris started at third and batted leadoff.
Reyes had four hits, including two triples, in Sunday’s 9-5 victory over Philadelphia. The Mets said that made him the first major league player since 1900 to have three games with multiple triples before the end of May, citing information provided by the Mets from the Elias Sports Bureau.
“He’s been the catalyst, certainly, of this club. Probably the entire year,” Collins said. “This is a huge loss for us, even for three or four or five days, whatever it’s going to be. It’s hard to replace him.”
Reyes, who can become a free agent after the season, has six straight multihit games — equaling a career high. He leads the majors with 26 multihit games.
The speedy leadoff man also leads the big leagues with eight triples and ranks among the NL leaders in batting average (.335), runs, hits, doubles, steals and total bases.
Davis, placed on the disabled list May 11, has been slow to recover from a sprained left ankle and bone bruise. He has been rehabbing in Florida but was headed back to New York to be re-examined Tuesday.
“I think it’s because it’s taken as much time as it has,” Collins said. “He’s got a bone bruise, and it’s like everyone’s told me: There’s no guarantees on how long it’s going to take before it starts to heal. I’m glad he’s coming up and having the doctors take another look at it. If everything’s on target, if we’re still moving forward, then I’m glad we had him re-evaluated.”
Parnell had been on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo because of a circulatory problem in the middle finger on his pitching hand. The right-hander, who had been out since April 20, was expected to arrive in time for Monday night’s game against the Pirates.