Who is Jose Reyes — your great auntie who huffs and puffs to the mailbox in hopes the Cake of the Month Club package arrived? Does he have dishpan hands and varicose veins? Maybe Reyes overdosed on Mr. Burns’s nerve tonic like Ken Griffey Jr. Jose Reyes has a bad thyroid. Carlos Beltran has a bad knee. The Mets’s injury list looks like a BBW convention. What’s next, David Wright has adult-onset diabetes?
I don’t want to feed the hysteria because in all likelihood Reyes will be back next week. Reyes said, “We’re not talking about my leg, nothing like that, we’re talking about my health, so I have to be concerned about it.” I actually understand the distinction he’s making between his real health and his leg health. And I think it’s awesome. He’s thinking like a fantasy baseball manager! Thyroid-schmroid — if he can run the bases, let’s hear it for the boy. I’m not moving Reyes down my draft rankings just yet, but then again I’m not drafting in the next few days. Until we hear more from Camp Reyes, I’d need to see him drop into the 3rd round for me to bite. Though I think this will probably end up like how everyone dropped Pujols out of the first round in 2008 because he claimed to be one elbow short of two then he went on to win an MVP. Reyes isn’t going to win the MVP, but I do think he’ll be fine. Just practice caution.