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Reyes might be back sooner than expected

The Sports Xchange

The Mets are well aware that Jose Reyes is about as fast as they come on the field. But they are also finding that he's pretty quick at healing, too.

After insisting for days that Reyes would not be ready to return when he is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday, Mets manager Terry Collins conceded that maybe he was wrong.

With that date approaching, Reyes has accelerated the schedule. Again.

He came back quicker than expected the first time he went on the disabled list this season with a strained left hamstring, and even though the current injury was considered not as severe, the Mets wanted to err on the side of caution.

"I know it wasn't as bad as the first one," Collins said. "He said he's been feeling good and he's ready to go. He said I'm ready to get back on the field, which is a good sign."

Reyes had not missed a game to rest or injury until he went on the disabled list July 2 with a strained left hamstring (he had missed three games for bereavement leave). He again went on the DL on Aug. 8 and just began fielding grounders and hitting in the cage Sunday. He was on the field working out Monday, hitting and fielding and throwing, and now will test his leg for Mets trainers Friday when the team returns to Citi Field.

"Things are going great," Collins said. "He's anxious for us to get back, but he's been swinging, he's been hitting, he's been catching groundballs and throwing, doing some lateral exercises, doing some things. So it's just a matter of, when we get back, having our people there when he runs."

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