Reyes has Grade 1 left intercostal strain

Collins says after twin bill that third baseman will be 'out for a couple days'

Reyes has Grade 1 left intercostal strain

NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes, whose initial Mets tenure was fraught with injuries and frequent trips to the disabled list, is dealing with another malady less than three weeks into his return to New York.

Reyes suffered a Grade 1 left intercostal strain in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals, and he will be "out for a couple days," manager Terry Collins said after the Mets' 3-1 win in Game 2. Reyes traveled to Manhattan's Hospital for Special Surgery during Game 2 for an MRI, which revealed the strain.

Reyes' results have been mixed since rejoining the Mets earlier this month. He is hitting for power, with three home runs and a .493 slugging percentage in 16 games, but is reaching base at just a .278 clip. Reyes has also provided mostly stellar defense at third base, his primary position since his return.

Collins on Reyes' injury

Even if Reyes' absence winds up being brief, it should provide some extra playing time for Wilmer Flores, who is batting .329 since June 24, but has started just five of the Mets' last 15 games. Flores went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Game 2 of the doubleheader, starting at third base in place of Reyes.

"I come every day here ready to play," Flores said. "It doesn't matter what the lineup's going to be. I come every day ready to play."

After Reyes sustained his injury, infielder Dilson Herrera was scratched from Triple-A Las Vegas' game in Fresno, hinting at a possible callup if Reyes misses significant time.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.