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Mets, Jose Reyes Careful With Hamstring Injury

Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets stands in the dugout during the game with the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 4, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets stands in the dugout during the game with the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 4, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (WFAN) – Mets shortstop Jose Reyes hasn’t forgotten the lesson he learned two years ago and is treating his latest hamstring injury with caution.

Reyes acknowledged coming back too soon from a hamstring tendon tear in 2009. The rapid return made the injury worse, when a more conservative return to the lineup might have provided the injury time to heal.

“I know what happened in 2009 when I tried to get on the field too soon,” he said, the paper reports. “I tried to get on the field a little too soon, and I hurt my hamstring. … (This time) I’m going to take time. Whenever I’m ready to play, I’ll play.”

Manager Terry Collins said he has told general manager Sandy Alderson that he is willing to play with a 24-man roster for a few days, rather than immediately place Reyes on the 15-day disabled list.

“If I get this guy back even for the last few days leading into the All-Star break, I think it’s beneficial to the ballclub,” Collins said. “If we think he’s not going to be available, then we’ll have to readdress it as we get into the week. I think our guys have stepped up enough that we’ll take a couple of days and see how he is.”

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