Jose Reyes expected to return to Mets lineup on Saturday

Jose Reyes hasn't appeared in a regular season game since May 20, 2009, but he's eligible to return from the disabled list on Saturday, and it sounds like he'll rejoin the Mets immediately.

"Barring any setbacks," added manager Jerry Manuel, as if you needed to hear it. Reyes is basically a walking setback. He's spent the past week in extended spring training, doing all the things you drafted him to do: getting on base, stealing, scoring runs. His hamstrings are currently functional and his thyroid levels have returned to normal. Prepare to finally drag him off your fantasy roster's DL. New York will face John Lannan(notes) on Saturday and Livan Hernandez(notes) on Sunday, so you can reasonably expect Reyes to make a weekend fantasy contribution.

Earlier this spring, Manuel had been toying with the idea of sliding Reyes down to the No. 3 spot in the batting order, but those plans changed when the shortstop was shelved in early March. When Reyes returns — if he returns, barring setbacks, etc. — you can expect to see his name at the top of the Mets lineup card.

Let's hear your guess for Reyes' total number of 2010 at-bats in comments. I'll get the bidding started at 591, but I'm bullish (and heavily invested). The closest guesser wins Alex Cora(notes) — not a replica, but the actual Cora.


Photo via Getty Images