Fri Aug 27 08:48am EDT
New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes(notes) left Thursday night's 11-4 loss to the Florida Marlins in the second inning after aggravating an oblique muscle, an injury that sidelined him earlier in the year.
The team said the injury is mild but will hold Reyes out of baseball activities until he is pain free, according to the New York Times.
Reyes, who missed most of spring training with a thyroid problem, has been relatively unscathed this year compared with last when he played in only 36 games. Still, losing him right now is not a good sign for a team that has remained strangely optimistic that it can dig itself out of its spot 7 1/2 games back in the wild-card race.
"That would be a tough one to lose him for any extended period of time," manager Jerry Manuel told the paper. "He brings so much to the club, whether it's his offense or defense or base running. There will be a period where we have to get through it somehow."
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