Jose Reyes will start a minor league rehab assignment with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Thursday.
Sixteen games into his Mets comeback, the 33-year-old went on the disabled list due to an intercostal strain. He last played on July 26. In his brief time back in New York, Reyes batted .239/.278/.493 with three home runs and stolen bases apiece. As a result of playing his prime years with the Mets, he was immediately inserted into the leadoff role, where he played every game despite rarely reaching base. He did, however, provide more power than expected in a relatively small sample of at-bats.
The former shortstop spent most of his time at third base, but Asdrubal Cabrera has since joined David Wright and Lucas Duda on the disabled list. Wilmer Flores has occasionally played his old position recently, but it’s possible he returns to the hot corner with Reyes shifting to short. Neither is ideally suited for the position anymore, but Matt Reynolds (.209/.232/.388) has been a major offensive liability.
Before returning to the Mets this season, Reyes played three games for the Cyclones, a short-season Single-A affiliate. He’ll again make another pit stop in Brooklyn, where he was well received despite being arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting his wife last Halloween.