Yet the Mets insist that Reyes is not heading to the disabled list.
"The information that I get is that he's going to be OK," manager Jerry Manuel said. "He was seen by the doctors, and they seem to think that it is a day-to-day situation. I have to go on that particular information. I have to read Jose and see where he is."
Both Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya were relieved to learn that their shortstop is battling nothing more serious than tendinitis in his right calf, the same diagnosis they received last week. A second MRI taken on Thursday in New York revealed nothing other than the tendinitis, despite Reyes' renewed pain.
But after exiting Wednesday's game in Los Angeles in the second inning, Reyes said that the calf felt worse than it had at any point over the previous week. And although it felt "better" on Friday evening, it was still worse than it had been in California.
"I feel happy because nothing is damaged there," Reyes said. "My ligament -- everything's OK there, so just a little swelling. Hopefully, that's going to go away soon."
Had Reyes gone directly on the DL after feeling pain last week, he would have been eligible to come off next Thursday. Instead, he pinch-hit on Friday and started on Tuesday and Wednesday, eliminating the possibility that he could be placed on the list retroactively.
With regular backup Alex Cora already on the DL, the Mets are hesitant to play another 15 days with Ramon Martinez starting at shortstop -- but Minaya said on Friday that Reyes' situation isn't serious enough for him to pursue a shortstop on the trade market.
"We're going to go with Martinez," Minaya said. "You do the best you can."
Reyes, hitting .279 and leading the Mets with 11 steals, had a history of hamstring issues early in his career -- issues that he says are completely unrelated to his right calf. But the fact that he has a leg injury is leading Manuel to be cautious with one of his most dangerous offensive threats.
"I have never really been through this type of scenario with a guy whose legs are so important to him," Manuel said. "It's going to be challenging for us."
Martinez does not have a hit in 12 at-bats since his promotion earlier this week.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.