NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Reyes left the New York Mets’ game against the Yankees on Saturday because of a tight left hamstring.
The Mets said Reyes felt tightness while beating out an infield single in the first inning and was removed as a precaution in the top of the third. Ruben Tejada replaced Reyes at shortstop.
Reyes has been one of baseball’s best players this season. He began the day leading the majors with a .352 batting average, 123 hits and 15 triples. He also led the NL with 65 runs scored. The speedy switch-hitter can become a free agent after the World Series.
Reyes has a history of leg injuries that limited the leadoff man to 53 games in 2004 and 36 games in 2009.
With one out in the first and a 3-2 count on Carlos Beltran, Reyes broke for second but wasn’t running full speed as he looked back in toward the plate.
Beltran was called out on strikes and it appeared Reyes would be hung up. But shortstop Eduardo Nunez couldn’t handle the throw from catcher Russell Martin, and Reyes scampered safely back to first.